Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for intelligence that helped stop terror assaults in St Petersburg, the Kremlin has stated.

Two Russians had been detained on 27 December on suspicion of plotting assaults throughout New 12 months celebrations within the metropolis, in keeping with Russian information companies which cited the Federal Safety Service (FSB).

The Kremlin stated Mr Putin thanked Mr Trump throughout a cellphone name on Sunday, however gave no additional particulars.

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Diplomatic ties between Washington and Moscow have been fraught as a result of disagreements about Ukraine and Syria, in addition to allegations of Russian meddling within the US presidential election.

Nevertheless, Mr Trump and Mr Putin have managed to maintain private strains open.

The Russian chief additionally phoned Mr Trump two years in the past to thank him for a tip that Moscow stated helped stop a bomb assault on a cathedral in St Petersburg.

Russia has repeatedly been the goal of assaults from militant teams together with Islamic State.

Sunday’s Kremlin assertion stated Mr Putin and Mr Trump agreed to proceed to bilateral co-operation to deal with terrorism.