Central Intelligence Agency 'helped foil terrorist attack in Russia'

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"We would like to have Russia's help", he told reporters outside the White House.

Russia's Vladimir Putin called President Trump Sunday to thank him for US intelligence that helped thwart terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg, officials in both countries said.

The U.S. warning allowed Russian law enforcement agencies to arrest the suspects before they could carry out their plans, the White House and Kremlin said.

During the call, the two leaders' second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the Central Intelligence Agency information.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been damaged by disagreements over the wars in Ukraine and Syria, although Trump pledged during his election campaign to pursue better ties with Moscow. On Thursday, Putin and Trump discussed the crisis in North Korea.

USA insight offices have beforehand inferred that Russian Federation endeavored to interfere in the 2016 presidential race with an end goal to enable Trump to get chose.

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It said that Putin also told Trump that "if Russian special services obtain any information on terrorist threats against the United States and its citizens, they will definitely and immediately pass it to American counterparts through partner channels". The cathedral is a popular tourist site.

Russian media reported last week that the Federal Security Service had detained followers of the Islamic State group who had been planning a suicide bomb attack on Kazansky Cathedral on Saturday.

Sunday's conversation between the two presidents marks the second time the two men have spoken in a week.

According to Russian media, Putin also reassured Trump that Russia's intelligence service would transmit any information pertaining to the attacks on the U.S. to the White House, as it had done in the past.

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".

Three other men were arrested in St. Petersburg on December 14. "No Russian lives were lost and the terrorist attackers were caught and are now incarcerated".

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