Central Intelligence Agency helped Russian Federation halt terrorist attack

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

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.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Sunday after ISIS-inspired terror attacks against the city of St. Petersburg were thwarted by Russia's Federal Security Service using intelligence provided by the CIA.

As per an announcement from the Kremlin, Putin said thanks to Trump for the CIA's data on the attacks, which were to happen on Saturday at the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg and different territories of the Russian city.

The White House said in its readout of the conversation that "based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people".

The Russian leader reassured the USA president that "Russian security services, should they have information about possible terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens, will swiftly and unconditionally share it with the U.S. colleagues via partner channels", the press service stressed. The suspect was later shown confessing that he was told to make homemade bombs filled with shrapnel.

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Russian Federation has suffered several attacks this year, including a bombing on the Saint Petersburg metro in April that left 14 people dead.

Mr Putin has said he and President Trump are on first name terms, which is "how relations should be between people like us". "We would love to have his help on North Korea".

The White House added that Putin extended his thanks and congratulations to CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the entire agency.

"The US President expressed gratitude to the Central Intelligence Agency on Putin's request for the work done on prevention of a terror attack".

This is the second time in less than a week that two of the world's most powerful leaders have exchanged messages of praise.

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