Trump, Putin Welcome Foiled Terror Attack as Positive Example of Cooperation

It is the second phone call between the two leaders since Thursday.

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

The Kremlin said the Central Intelligence Agency provided Russia with key information about a plot to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other places in St. Petersburg, allowing Russian police to arrest a group of suspects in raids on Friday.

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

The FSB announced on Friday it had arrested seven members of an Islamic State group cell that had been planning a suicide bombing and "the killing of citizens" in crowded areas of Saint Petersburg on December 16.

"The information received by the CIA was enough to detect, hunt down and arrest the criminals", it added in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. The suspect was later shown confessing that he was told to make homemade bombs filled with shrapnel. Neither the Kremlin nor the White House identified the would-be attackers.

On Tuesday, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said Russian Federation was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.

"Vladimir Putin guaranteed Donald Trump that the Russian knowledge endless supply of data identifying with terrorist dangers against the U.S. and it nationals, will quickly transmit to its American associates in accomplice channels", the announcement included. Trump then called Pompeo "to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!" While Trump and Putin are believed to get along well, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an intelligence committee set up by the House of Representatives continue to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign team and Kremlin officials in the run-up to last year's United States presidential election.

  • Joey Payne