Russian PM Putin: Preparations for Sochi on track

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says preparations for the 2014

Winter Games in Sochi and other international events hosted by

Russia are being carried out to the highest standards.

Putin spoke at Friday’s meeting marking the 100th anniversary of

the Russian Olympic Committee that was attended by IOC President

Jacques Rogge and other international sports officials.

Putin thanked Rogge for a ”fruitful” cooperation and promised

that guests coming to the Sochi Olympics and other events will see

a new Russia, a ”country with a millenium-long history, which is

developing steadily and is aimed toward the future.”

Rogge said at a separate meeting that organizers of the Sochi

Olympics were doing ”excellent” work and that the preparations

for the games are on schedule.