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    Russian Foreign Ministry official states that situation over the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics is no need to be escalated.

    In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — There is no need to escalate tensions around the security situation at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, Director of Department of Latin America of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Schetinin said Monday.

    "It's hardly necessary to escalate tensions around the Olympics. I can assure you that in regard to the Russian Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with our colleagues and partners in other Russian agencies, everything needed will be done for safe stay of the Russian delegation, including athletes and fans in Rio," Schetinin told RIA Novosti.

    Schetinin also expressed hope that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro will be the "festival of sport, peace and friendship."

    "We know that the Brazilian organizers are actively working on the implementation of all necessary measures, including safety of the athletes and guests of the Games," he added.

    Last week, UN Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde said that the risk of terrorist attacks during the Games was still high.

    Rio de Janeiro is due to host the Summer Olympic Games on August 5-21, 2016, becoming the first South American country to host the competition.

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