MOSCOW — Members of a congressional delegation visiting Moscow to investigate the background of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Sunday that the attack might have been prevented by greater cooperation between the United States and Russia on intelligence issues and counterterrorism efforts.
But the lawmakers said they could not point to any specific misstep by the United States or Russian intelligence services, and they did not offer any new insights into what motivated the suspects, two brothers with family ties in Russia’s North Caucasus, to commit the attack.
“Yes, it could have been averted [if] both countries were working together on a much higher level,” said Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who led the delegation and is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
The six-member delegation, which included Representative William Keating of Massachusetts, received a rare, high-level briefing at the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service, called the FSB.
They were told about the agency’s efforts to warn the US officials about the older suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, and the likelihood that they harbored extremist views.
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