According to the Kremlin, Putin rang Trump on Sunday and personally thanked the US President for intelligence provided by Washington. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said that the information provided by their US counterparts allowed them to apprehend two Russians on December 27. The suspects were detained on suspicion of plotting terror attacks during the New Year celebrations in Putin’s home town of Saint Petersburg.
The Kremlin added in a statement that the two leaders had agreed to continue their cooperation on tackling terrorism.
Despite the recent cooling of diplomatic ties between the US and Russia, both leaders have kept personal links of communication open in a bid to rebuild trust.
US-Russian relations deteriorated badly as a result of disagreements over Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election in 2016.
The latter led to an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
However, the lead investigator, Robert Muller, eventually concluded that there was no conclusive evidence of foul play and no charges were brought against the US President.
Russia has seen a spike in terror attacks under Putin, as the country battles both Islamic fundamentalists from Chechnya and the North Caucasus, as well as embittered Ukrainian nationalists.
The most recent terrorist related incident occurred on December 19, when a gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon outside the entrance to the FSB’s Moscow headquarters.
One person was killed and another…
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