Trump Putin call: Central Intelligence Agency helped stop Russian Federation terror attack

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, " read the statement from the White House.

According to a statement from the Kremlin, Putin thanked Trump for the CIA's information on the attacks, which were to take place on Saturday at the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg and other areas of the Russian city.

Putin also pledged that Russian security agencies would pass on any information received about terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens.

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.

"Information obtained from the Central Intelligence Agency was sufficient to search for and arrest of criminals", the Kremlin statement said.

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While information on the suspects was not released, the Russian Federal Security Service announced on Friday that it arrested an ISIS-linked terror cell. The reports showed the FSB detaining a suspect, who was later shown confessing that he was told by the Islamic State to prepare homemade bombs rigged with shrapnel.

On Tuesday, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said Russian Federation was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018. Neither the Kremlin nor the White House identified the would-be attackers.

He then called CIA Director Mike Pompeo to "congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!" the statement added.

Sunday's call was the second time Trump and Putin had spoken in just four days. On Thursday, Putin and Trump discussed the crisis in North Korea.

In a readout of the call released Sunday afternoon, the White House said Trump "appreciated the call" and "stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be".

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