President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked by telephone on Sunday after ISIS-roused terror attacks against the city of St. Petersburg were defeated by Russia's Federal Security Service utilizing knowledge gave by the Central Intelligence Agency.
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.
The conversation was the second phone call between the two leaders since Thursday, when Trump thanked Putin for his remarks "acknowledging America's strong economic performance", according to the White House. 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".
Relations between Washington and Moscow have been damaged by disagreements over the wars in Ukraine and Syria, although Trump pledged during his election campaign to pursue better ties with Moscow. U.S. intelligence agencies have previously concluded that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to help Trump get elected.
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The group was preparing to blow up the Kazan Cathedral and other crowded places in Russia's second city, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying. The cathedral is a popular tourist site. 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.
On Thursday, it was Trump who called Putin, thanking the Russian president for his praise of Trump's handling of the USA economy.
"Vladimir Putin assured Donald Trump that the Russian intelligence services upon receipt of information relating to terrorist threats against the U.S. and its citizens, will immediately transmit to its American colleagues in partner channels", the statement added.
Trump told the Russian president that USA intelligence was pleased to assist in preventing a terror attack in St. Petersburg.