Putin thanked trump for the information about the terrorists in St. Petersburg

© AFP 2017 / Saul LoebШтаб-apartment of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. Archival photoPutin thanked trump for the information about the terrorists in St. Petersburg© 2017 AFP / Saul Loeb

Vladimir Putin in the evening in a telephone conversation thanked the President of the United States Donald trump for providing the CIA with information that helped to track, detect and apprehend terrorists who planned the attack in St. Petersburg.

The telephone conversation was initiated by the Russian side.

«The Russian President thanked his American counterpart for the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) of information which helped to trace, detect and arrest a group of terrorists preparing explosions in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, and in other public places of the city», — noted in a press-service of the Kremlin.

Putin asked trump to Express my gratitude to the Director of the CIA and operative American intelligence officers who produced this information.

He assured his American counterpart that «Russian special services upon receipt of information relating to terrorist threats against the US and its citizens, of course, and will immediately transmit to its American colleagues in partner channels.»

The deepening of cooperation in the fight against militants

The transfer of the CIA, the Russian intelligence information that helped to neutralize a group of terrorists, says that Washington understands the need for joint efforts with Moscow in the fight against terrorism, said a member of the Council on foreign and defense policy major-General of the FSS reserve Alexander Mikhailov.

«We have a bilateral agreement between the intelligence services, and we in different forms cooperate. The information that we have, we always pass. But the question is activity of such cooperation», — told RIA Novosti Mikhailov.

According to Mikhailov, the terrorist cells that interact among themselves, «somewhere, at least indirectly, has come to the attention of us intelligence, and they passed this information to us after prior checking».

«Despite the fact that the Americans destroyed the relations between our countries, the fact remains — they reacted to things (to prevent terrorist attacks — ed.) responsibly and appropriately,» — said Mikhailov.

Terrorist cell

On Friday, police detained supporters of the group «Islamic state»* who were planning to carry out attacks in St. Petersburg. Video of the operation issued by the FSB.

On Saturday, the Vyborg district court of St. Petersburg sanctioned the arrest of another suspect — Anton Kobets. According to investigators, he helped Efimov in the survey and gave advice on committing a terrorist act.

Smolninsky district court of St. Petersburg on December 17 sanctioned the arrest of three suspects with illegal arms trafficking, which, according to the investigation, connected with the defendants in the case about the impending terrorist attack in the Kazan Cathedral, reports the United press service of the city courts (OPS).

Involvement in the preparation of a terrorist act also suspect the native of Dagestan Shamil Omargalieva, a native of Ingushetia and Alishan issue Khizir Esmurziev distinguished citizen of Tajikistan Firuza Kalafutova.
«In the process the defendants explained to the court that the guilt does not recognize, arguing that the weapons they threw. Also in the case file there is information about the connection of the defendants with the persons, the measure of restraint in respect of which it was earlier elected to the Vyborg district court of St. Petersburg, namely the Efimov and Kobzon», — stated in the message the OPS.

According to OPS, Omargalieva, issue Khizir Esmurziev distinguished and Kalafutova detained on Friday in Central and Kirovsky districts of the city. In the future, the investigator of the investigation service of the regional FSB has allocated the materials in a separate proceeding, after which he transferred to the Department of inquiry of the interior Ministry, puts OPS.

* A terrorist organization banned in Russia.

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