Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart for CIA tip which helped operations to thwart several bombing attacks in Saint Petersburg.
“The information received from the CIA proved sufficient to find and detain the criminal suspects,” read a Sunday statement by Kremlin, which noted that Russia’s leader had conveyed his thanks via a phone conversation.
It added that Putin also asked US President Donald Trump during the phone conversation to convey his respects to the CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“If the Russian intelligence agencies receive information about potential terror threats against the United States and its citizens, they will immediately hand it over to their US counterparts via their communications channels,” added the statement.
Russia recently dismantled a cell of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Saint Petersburg that was planning to carry out imminent terror attacks in the northern city.
According to a statement released by the Russian Federal Security Service a “large number of explosives used to make homemade bombs, automatic rifles munitions and extremist literature” was seized during the police operation.
Russian forces arrested seven members of the cell during raids that took place on Wednesday and Thursday.
Trump and Putin’s phone conversation was the second of such since Thursday, when Trump thanked Putin for his remarks “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance.”