MOSCOW (AFP) President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered tighter security for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a city in southern Russia close to the volatile North Caucasus region, the Kremlin said on Sunday. Medvedev signed a decree to impose strengthened security measures for the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Winter Paralympics in 2014 in Sochi, the Kremlin said in a statement on its website. The statement quoted a senior official, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, as saying that the security measures would reflect both national and international experience in holding such major sports events. No extraordinary measures are planned for Sochi that would create further inconveniences for participants and guests of the Olympics, added Kozak, who heads a state commission in charge of Olympic preparations. No other details were given about the security measures in Sochi, a resort city on the Black Sea coast which beat Austrias Salzburg and South Koreas Pyeongchang for the right to host the 2014 Olympics. Sochi is located close to Russias volatile North Caucasus region, which has been rocked by a deadly Islamist insurgency in recent years, raising concerns that the 2014 Games could be targeted by militants. The city is also less than 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, which was the site of tensions during the brief war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008.