Central Intelligence Agency helped Russian Federation halt terrorist attack

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.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack in Russia as a positive example of bilateral cooperation.

Putin spoke by phone with Trump to convey his gratitude for intelligence supplied by the CIA which allowed Russia's FSB security service to break up a "terrorist cell" that was planning attacks in Russia's second city, according to the Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, for Central Intelligence Agency information that helped arrest terrorist who had plotted bomb attacks in St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral and in other crowded places in Russia's second largest city, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday after a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

Putin also pledged that Russian security agencies would pass on any information received about terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens.

A White House statement said "terrorists" were captured prior to an attack "that could have killed large numbers of people".

While information on the suspects was not released, the Russian Federal Security Service announced on Friday that it arrested an ISIS-linked terror cell. The suspect was later shown confessing that he was told to make homemade bombs filled with shrapnel.

Three other men were arrested in St. Petersburg on December 14. "We would love to have his help on North Korea".

"Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that the Russian intelligence services upon receipt of information relating to terrorist threats against the United States and its citizens, will immediately transmit to its American colleagues in partner channels", the statement added. "There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need".

  • Jon Douglas