US helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg -US, Russia say

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Russia's main state broadcaster, Vesti, said Putin asked Trump to thank CIA Director Mike Pompeo for providing the information, and he told the USA president that "the Russian security services, in the case where they receive information regarding terrorist threats in relation to the US and its citizens, will without question and immediately pass it to their American colleagues".

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.

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".

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 USA stock market as an example of Trump's successes.

The group was preparing explosions targeting the cathedral and other public places in Russia's second city, the Kremlin statement said on Sunday. They keep going talked by phone on Thursday, when they examined US-Russian ties and the expanding pressures encompassing North Korea. The cathedral is a popular tourist site.

Russian investigators said last week that the Federal Security Service, or FSB, had detained seven members of what officials identified as Islamic State cells.

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The White House seized on the foiled plot in St. Petersburg as a sign of what Moscow and Washington could do if they cooperate.

On Thursday, it was Trump who called Putin, thanking the Russian president for his praise of Trump's handling of the US economy.

Putin and his United States counterpart have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack as a positive example of bilateral cooperation, the White House statement read.

Russian Federation has repeatedly been the target of attacks by Islamist militant groups, including an attack in April that killed 14 people when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a metro tunnel in St. Petersburg.

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

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