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Putin: Trump's call saved Russian Federation from deadly terror attacks this weekend

18 December 2017, 12:43 | Francis Delgado

Putin: Trump's call saved Russian Federation from deadly terror attacks this weekend

Putin: Trump's call saved Russian Federation from deadly terror attacks this weekend

Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg's Kazan cathedral, USA and Russian leaders say.

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, announced Friday that seven suspected followers of the Islamic State group had been arrested for allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks in St. Petersburg this weekend.

"President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives", the White House said in its statement.

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.

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

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

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It was the two presidents' second conversation since Thursday, when they spoke following Putin's annual four-hour televised press conference, during which Putin mentioned that booming USA stock market as an example of Trump's successes.

"President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders affirmed in a tweet Sunday that the pioneers had talked and said the White House was getting ready to discharge a readout of the call.

A special counsel is investigating whether anyone from the Trump campaign colluded. On Thursday, Putin and Trump discussed the crisis in North Korea.

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. Putin has denied the accusation.

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