Putin thanks Trump for CIA's help in stopping terror attacks

Putin thanks Trump for CIA's help in stopping terror attacks

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

Today (Sunday), Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with US President Donald Trump and thanked him for information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency that prevented a terror attack in Russia.

In a series of overnight raids on Wednesday and Thursday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested members of a terrorist cell linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, seizing a large amount of explosives, weapons and ammunition and dismantling a bomb-making workshop.

Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia's top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said. Trump was also asked to forward Putin's appreciation to CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the intelligence officials who obtained the information.

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

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

This is the second time in less than a week that two of the world's most powerful leaders have exchanged messages of praise.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the call Sunday.

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.

US President Donald Trump criticized Russia Friday for not doing enough to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program. Putin has denied the accusation.

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