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Putin thanks Trump for helping to foil terror attack plot

18 December 2017

The White House confirmed Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump in what Russian state media has described as a thank-you call following a Central Intelligence Agency tip about a bomb threat in St. Petersburg.

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.

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 US stock market as an example of Trump's successes. It said that Putin also told Trump that "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".

During the first call, they also discussed during ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons program, the White House said.

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The statement says Russian law-enforcement agencies were able to arrest would-be terrorists that were plotting an attack on St.Petersburg's Kazansky Cathedral and on other popular sites around the city.

The White House says U.S. intelligence services were pleased to have helped thwart a terrorist plot in Russian Federation that "could have killed large numbers of people".

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The White House on Sunday confirmed media reports from Russian Federation that US President Donald Trump had spoken to Russia's Vladimir Putin on Sunday.

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.

"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.

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Putin thanks Trump for helping to foil terror attack plot