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White House confirms Putin thanked Trump for U.S. stopping terrorism plot

In this photo taken on Monday, July 16, 2018, U.S. 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. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) **FILE**

The White House confirmed Monday that President Trump spoke a day earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the two leaders discussed counterterrorism and arms control.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Mr. Putin called Mr. Trump to thank him for information the United States provided “that helped foil a potential holiday terrorist attack in Russia.”

The Kremlin said earlier that the information transmitted by “U.S. special services” helped to thwart the planned terrorist attack. Russian news agencies said two Russian nationals were plotting attacks in St. Petersburg over the New Year’s holiday but were detained, thanks to the information shared by the U.S.

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