Kremlin Says Vladimir Putin Thanked Donald Trump for CIA Tip on Bombings

Muriel Hammond
December 18, 2017

As per an announcement from the Kremlin, Putin said thanks to Trump for the CIA's data on the attacks, which were to happen on Saturday at the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg and different territories of the Russian city.

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.

Russia's Vladimir Putin called President Trump Sunday to thank him for USA intelligence that helped thwart terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg, officials in both countries said.

According to the Russian president, the Central Intelligence Agency information was enough to expose and detain the criminals.

"Vladimir Putin guaranteed Donald Trump that the Russian knowledge endless supply of data identifying with terrorist dangers against the USA and it nationals, will quickly transmit to its American associates in accomplice channels", the announcement included.

The statement also noted that the Russian president even extended his gratitude to CIA chief Mike Pompeo, which Trump promptly passed on to the agency.

Putin and his USA counterpart have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack as a positive example of bilateral cooperation, the White House statement read.

Russian state-run media outlet TASS detailed that Moscow started the call.

In a readout of the call released Sunday afternoon, the White House said Trump "appreciated the call" and "stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be".

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been damaged by disagreements over the wars in Ukraine and Syria, although Trump pledged during his election campaign to pursue better ties with Moscow.

The conversation was the second phone call between the two leaders since Thursday, when Trump thanked Putin for his remarks "acknowledging America's strong economic performance", according to the White House.

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.

During the first call, they also discussed during ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons program, the White House said. Putin has denied the accusation.

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