Central Intelligence Agency 'helped foil terrorist attack in Russia'

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

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.

Trump said he had mainly discussed the North Korea issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call yesterday.

According to the Russian president, the Central Intelligence Agency information was enough to expose and detain the criminals.

"Vladimir Putin guaranteed Donald Trump that the Russian knowledge endless supply of data identifying with terrorist dangers against the United States and it nationals, will quickly transmit to its American associates in accomplice channels", the announcement included.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders affirmed in a tweet Sunday that the pioneers had talked and said the White House was getting ready to discharge a readout of the call.

Police confiscated a large number of explosives used to make homemade bombs, automatic rifles, munitions and extremist literature, the Kremlin said.

FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov said on Tuesday the country was monitoring the possible return of jihadists from Syria, a threat which has increased since Moscow's military intervention in the country. Neither the Kremlin nor the White House identified the would-be attackers. "President Trump then called Director Pompeo to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!" the statement read.

Nonetheless, "President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives", the White House said.

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

They planned to commit a series of murders and improvised bomb attacks in crowded places in St. Petersburg on December 16.

The phone call on Sunday between Trump and Putin was at least the second such call in the past week.

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