18 December, 2017
The White House has confirmed that the Russian president called his USA counterpart on Sunday after the CIA supplied intelligence which allowed Russia's security services (FSB) to break up a "terror cell" planning an attack on Russia's second biggest city.
The press office of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) reported earlier that seven members of a terrorist cell had been detained for plotting terror attacks.
Putin, in his phone call with Trump, said Russian Federation would alert USA authorities if it received any information about any attack being planned on the United States, Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying.
Putin and his U.S. counterpart have welcomed the prevention of a terror attack as a positive example of bilateral cooperation, the White House statement read.
It is the second phone call between the two leaders since Thursday. "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.
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Putin also pledged that Russian security agencies would pass on any information received about terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens. 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.
"President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be".
Three other men were arrested in St. Petersburg on December 14.
The White House added that Putin extended his thanks and congratulations to CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the entire agency. "We would love to have his help on North Korea".
"The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump", Putin told reporters at the time.