Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Friday that it had prevented the activities of Daesh terrorist group's supporters in St. Petersburg, who planned to carry out a terrorist attack later in December. Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked US President Donald Trump during a phone conversation at the initiative of the Russian side for the intelligence data provided by the CIA that helped detain the terrorists, Sputnik reported.
Trump told the Russian president that US intelligence was pleased to assist in preventing a terror attack in St. Petersburg.
"President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump today to thank him for the advanced warning the United States intelligence agencies provided to Russia concerning a major terror plot in Saint Petersburg, Russia… President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives," the White House said in a statement late on Sunday.
Putin and his US counterpart have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack as a positive example of bilateral cooperation, the White House statement read.
“President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be. 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.
The US President expressed gratitude to the CIA on Putin's request for the work done on prevention of a terror attack."President Putin extended his thanks and congratulations to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo and the CIA. President Trump then called Director Pompeo to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!" the statement read.
As the United States has provided valuable intelligence information to Russia, 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.
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