Kremlin says US tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

Kremlin says US tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

According to Russia's FSB security service, the information from the Central Intelligence Agency led to the arrest of seven people and the seizure of a significant amount of explosives and weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for the tip-off, which the Kremlin said helped prevent a militant bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russian city, as well as other sites.

According to a statement from the Kremlin, Putin thanked Trump for the CIA's information on the attacks, which were to take place on Saturday at the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg and other areas of the Russian city.

The White House seized on the foiled plot in St. Petersburg as a sign of what Moscow and Washington could do if they cooperate.

The call was the second phone conversation between Putin and Trump since Thursday, when the Kremlin said they discussed U.S.

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Putin added that his country will also alert the United States if it ever got hold of information regarding a planned terror attack on USA soil. Trump then called Pompeo "to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!"

Putin said that he doubted Trump would be able to improve relations between their two countries because the U.S. President was being held back by his political opposition, and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election were being invented to raise doubts about Trump's legitimacy. "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.

As the United States has provided valuable intelligence information to Russian Federation, it could be a sign that the exchange of intelligence information between the countries might be restored, Russia's Senior Lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov told Sputnik on Sunday.

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".