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Russia: US tip about pending terrorist attack saved 'many lives’

Russia: US tip about pending terrorist attack saved 'many lives’

A spokesman for the Kremlin on Monday reportedly said that a tip provided by the United States “helped to save many lives” by averting a potential deadly terrorist attack in Russia.

“This was very meaningful information that helped to save many lives,” Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia's Putin and Navalny collide; who will survive? Former Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing Clinton: I would love to see if Trump 'was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol' MORE, told journalists, according to Reuters.

Putin on Sunday thanked Trump for the tip from U.S. intelligence agencies during a phone call. The White House said Russian officials, using the tip from the U.S., detained individuals plotting the attack in St. Petersburg.

Russia arrested seven individuals purportedly loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Reuters said. 

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Peskov on Monday praised the cooperation between Russia and the United States, two countries that for years have had a tense relationship. Those tensions were amplified this year by U.S. investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Moscow has denied any interference.

“It cannot be called anything but an ideal example of cooperation in fighting terrorism,” said Peskov. “We should aim for such standards.”