December 17, 2017 / 8:38 PM / a year ago

U.S. tip-off helped Russia thwart 'major' terrorist plot: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to visit the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, U.S. December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence agencies provided advanced warning to Russia about a major terrorist plot in St. Petersburg, allowing Moscow to thwart an attack that could have killed “large numbers of people,” the White House said on Sunday.

“President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump today to thank him for the advanced warning the United States intelligence agencies provided to Russia concerning a major terror plot in Saint Petersburg, Russia,” the White House said in a statement.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Paul Simao

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