Trump and Putin had a call today during which the Russian President sang the praise of his US counterpart and thanked him for providing the Kremlin with CIA information which helped to foil a terrorist attack on the St Petersburg Cathedral.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Can confirm <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> and President Putin spoke today. Readout from the WH coming shortly. <a href="https://t.co/EzRhqM52d8">https://t.co/EzRhqM52d8</a></p>— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) <a href="https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/942439157330268165?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 December 2017</a></blockquote>
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The Kremlin statement read: “the Russian President thanked his American colleague for the information passed on by the Central Intelligence Agency, which helped detain a group of terrorists preparing explosions in St Petersburg’s Kazansky Cathedral and other busy sites in the city.”
According to the statement, it was thanks to information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that Russian law-enforcement agencies were able to arrest the would-be attackers before they could carry out their plan.
Russian President Putin confirmed that Russia would alert United States authorities should it in future receive any information about an attack being prepared on American soil.
St Petersburg is the second biggest Russian city. It was hit by a terrorist attack on its metro system in 2017, during which 15 people died. Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting St Petersburg, where he was born, during the attack and many believe he was the actual target.
Ever since 2015, ISIS had plotted to target St. Petersburg because of Russia's military involvement in Syria.
Kazansky Cathedral is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox church where ‘Our Lady of Kazan’ is worshipped, probably the best-known icon in Russia.