Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned President Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip that stopped a potentially catastrophic bombing in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin announced.
This is the second time the counterparts have spoken since Thursday.
The Russian strongman asked Trump to thank the CIA for the intelligence, which found a group wanted to plant explosives throughout busy areas of Russia’s second-most populous city.
Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB, said Friday it arrested seven suspects possibly tied to ISIS.
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They planned to set off a handful of bombs throughout St. Petersburg, which is Putin’s hometown. The suspects were allegedly targeting Kazan Cathedral — a 200-year-old Russian Orthodox Church — among other heavily trafficked locations.
FSB agents also found extremist publications as well as automatic weapons.
Putin promised FSB investigators would return the favor to the U.S. if it found any ISIS threats against America.
The White House later confirmed Trump spoke with Putin, adding he passed the gratitude on to CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
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Trump and Putin talked just days earlier, when the commander-in-chief thanked the longtime Kremlin chief for “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance,” the White House previously said.
The pair have both expressed normalizing frigid relations between the two nations. Putin has denied Moscow’s roll in election hacks last year, although U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Kremlin was involved.
Trump has said he brought up the charges during his two in-person meetings with Putin — one in July and another in early November — and said the Russian leader denied the interference each time.
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