CIA Information Helps Russia Foil Terror Attack Petersburg

The Kremlin on Sunday (18/12), said the authorities foiled the ISIS plan to launch a series of bombings at St. Petersburg after receiving information from the Central American Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Moscow says Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump to thank the CIA's information. The White House confirmed the telephone conversation.

Russia said the intelligence information was significant for the Federal Security Service to track seven suspects last week who planned a suicide bombing on Saturday against the 200-year-old Kazan Cathedral , and other places in Russia's second largest city. Three more were arrested on Sunday. According to the authorities, they are related to the plan of the attack.

The authorities seized a large number of explosives for making homemade bombs, automatic rifles, ammunition and extremist literature.

Moscow said Putin asked Trump to express his gratitude to the CIA and that Russia will later share information gained about the possibility of terrorist attacks in America, as he said in the past.

The White House says Trump and Putin agreed to share intelligence information "is a positive example that can happen if we cooperate with each other."

The telephone conversation between the two leaders on Sunday was the second in four days and was done when the American-Russian relationship was at an opposite point. [ka]