Vladimir Putin ringte Donald Trump søndag og takket USA for hjelpen. Takket være amerikansk etterretning kunne russerne pågripe jihadister før de rakk å angripe en katedral i St. Petersburg.
The foiled attack was to have been carried out on Kazansky Cathedral, in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg, and on other locations in the city where large numbers of people gather, the Kremlin statement said. The cathedral is a popular tourist site.
Russian media reported last week that the Federal Security Service had detained followers of the Islamic State group who had been planning a suicide bomb attack on Kazansky Cathedral on Dec. 16.
“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,” the Kremlin said.
Amerikanerne har ikke sagt noe om hva de bidro med, men administrasjonen bekreftet at Putin hadde ringt.
Putin ba Trump overbringe takksigelser til CIA-folkene som oppdaget hva som skulle skje. Putin lovte at russerne ville gjøre det samme hvis de kom over tilsvarende planer mot USA.
In their phone call, Putin asked Trump to pass on his thanks to the CIA officers who had gathered the intelligence, according to the Kremlin statement.
Putin said Russia would alert U.S. authorities if it received information about any attack being planned on the United States, the Kremlin said.