Putin thanked Trump for intelligence that prevented terror attack

Putin thanked Trump for intelligence that prevented terror attack

Putin thanked Trump for intelligence that prevented terror attack

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked by telephone on Sunday after ISIS-roused terror attacks against the city of St. Petersburg were defeated by Russia's Federal Security Service utilizing knowledge gave by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Putin said Russian Federation would alert US authorities if it received information about any attack being planned on the United States, the Kremlin said.

Russian media reported last week that the Federal Security Service had detained followers of the Islamic State group who had been planning a suicide bomb attack on Kazansky Cathedral on Saturday. "Based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people. Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together", the White House said.

Returning militants from Syria pose a real threat to Russian Federation, the head of the FSB was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

In a phone call on Thursday, Trump and Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear programme, and the United States leader took the unusual step of thanking his Russian opposite number for hailing the American economy.

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Russian Federation has suffered several attacks this year, including a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 14 people dead.

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. "We would like to have Russia's help", he told reporters outside the White House.

Putin and Trump, seen in early November, has spoken twice since Thursday.

. Trump was also asked to forward Putin's appreciation to CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the intelligence officials who obtained the information.

That has been complicated by USA allegations - denied by Russian Federation - that the Kremlin meddled in last year's US presidential election to help Trump win.

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