Kremlin says Paralympics must not be affected by politics

MOSCOW, March 7 Fri Mar 7, 2014 8:50am EST

MOSCOW, March 7 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Ukraine's paralympic chief that politics and international afairs must not affect sports events such as the Paralympic Games that begin in the Russian city of Sochi on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported.

Putin and Valeriy Sushkevich discussed "the fact that a sports celebration - all the more so one like the Paralympic Games - cannot and must not be under the influence of ... the international agenda or politics," Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.