Kremlin: Putin Called Trump to Say Thank You

US apparently passed on a terrorism-related tip to Russia
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 7:37 AM CST
Kremlin: Putin Called Trump to Say Thank You
In this file photo taken on Monday, July 16, 2018, President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

(Newser) – The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin closed out the year with a thank-you call to President Trump after a tip from the US helped Russia prevent a possible terror attack. Reuters reports by way of Russian media that two Russians who were allegedly plotting attacks on St. Petersburg during new year celebrations were detained on Friday. On Sunday, Putin conveyed his gratitude for the information "transmitted through the channels of US special services," per the Kremlin's readout of the call.

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Politico reports that the White House has not put out a call statement. Russia's readout didn't elaborate on the tip but added that "several matters of mutual interest were discussed [by Trump and Putin]. An agreement was made to continue bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism." CNN reports Russia initiated the call, which was the first between the two leaders since July. (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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