Vladimir Putin thanks Donald Trump for Central Intelligence Agency tip that foiled terrorist attack

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Trump told the Russian president that USA intelligence was pleased to assist in preventing a terror attack in St. Petersburg.

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.

Russia's security service said in a statement Friday it had arrested two men around December 13 and 14 who it said were in possession of a large quantity of weapons and explosives.

Putin expressed gratitude during the call for information provided by the CIA that allowed Russia's top domestic security agency to track down and arrest a group of suspects that was planning to bomb Kazan Cathedral and other crowded sites, the Kremlin said.

Mr Putin told Mr Trump that Russia's special services would hand over information on terror threats to their U.S. counterparts, it added. 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.

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Sunday's call was the second amongst Trump and Putin in three days.

"Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together", the readout said.

"The US President expressed gratitude to the Central Intelligence Agency on Putin's request for the work done on prevention of a terror attack". The White House said Trump thanked Putin for remarks he made "acknowledging America's strong economic performance". Trump then called Pompeo "to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!"

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".

It is too early to say whether the resumption of information exchange will ultimately lead to a thaw in bilateral relations, the lawmaker noted.

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