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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has voiced concerns over whether there will be enough snow cover in Sochi at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

'We need to settle a variety of issues, including the issue of snow. For the second year running the winter here is essentially snow-free in January,' Medvedev said at a conference at Rosa Khutor ski resort, one of the newly-built Olympic venues in Russia.

'Although the Olympics are held at a later time [than January], we need to make sure that we don't have the problems that Vancouver faced last year,' he added.

President Medvedev said that it was also important that development looked beyond the Olympics themselves to ensure the legacy of the Games was a world class winter sports recreation complex that attracted guests from around the world.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held between the 7th-23rd February 23 in Sochi, southeast Russia.