Vladimar Putin thanks President Trump for CIA's help in stopping terror attacks
Dec 18, 2017, 00:45
Neither the Kremlin nor the White House identified the would-be attackers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked US President Donald Trump during a phone conversation at the initiative of the Russian side for the intelligence data provided by the CIA that helped detain the terrorists.
The U.S. warning allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspects before they could carry out their plans, the White House and Kremlin said.
The pioneers' relationship is muddled by continuous examinations concerning the Trump crusade's connections to Moscow.
Russian officials say Putin believes Trump is not to blame for the tensions.
According to Russian news outlets, the Kremlin stated that the Central Intelligence Agency tip-off assisted Russian security services in preventing a planned explosion in the Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the call from Putin to Trump took place and said a readout would be provided to the press shortly. On Thursday, Putin and Trump discussed the crisis in North Korea. The cathedral is a popular tourist site.
"Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that the Russian intelligence services upon receipt of information relating to terrorist threats against the U.S. and its citizens, will immediately transmit to its American colleagues in partner channels", the statement added.
On Friday, Russia's FSB security service said it had arrested seven members of an Islamist terror group planning "the killing of citizens" in a series of suicide attacks in Russia's second city on December 16.
US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack in Russia as a positive example of bilateral cooperation. While Trump and Putin are believed to get along well, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an intelligence committee set up by the House of Representatives continue to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign team and Kremlin officials in the run-up to last year's United States presidential election.
Security services had already prevented 18 terrorist attacks in 2017, Alexander Bortnikov said in comments reported by Itar-Tass news agency.
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