Putin called Trump to thank Central Intelligence Agency for tip on bomb threat

The White House has confirmed that the Russian president called his U.S. counterpart on Sunday after the CIA supplied intelligence which allowed Russia's security services (FSB) to break up a "terror cell" planning an attack on Russia's second biggest city.

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.

Russia's security service said in a statement Friday it had arrested two men around December 13 and 14 who it said were in possession of a large quantity of weapons and explosives.

Putin, in his phone call with Trump, said Russian Federation would alert USA authorities if it received any information about any attack being planned on the United States, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying.

The White House said in a statement that "terrorists" were captured before an attack "that could have killed large numbers of people", the BBC reported.

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Sunday's call was the second between Trump and Putin in three days.

Putin added: "If Russian special services obtain any information on terrorist threats against the United States and its citizens, they will definitely and immediately pass it to American counterparts through partner channels". "Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together".

US President Donald Trump criticized Russia Friday for not doing enough to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program. Trump was additionally made a request to forward Putin's thankfulness to CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the knowledge authorities who got the data.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in a tweet Sunday that the leaders had spoken and said the White House was preparing to release a readout of the call. U.S. intelligence agencies have previously concluded that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to help Trump get elected.

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

  • Adam Floyd