President Vladimir Putin spoke Monday with President Donald Trump before his meeting in Moscow with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. “Obviously we spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Putin was quoted as saying. He added he would like to bridge the differences between Israel and the Palestinians as the situation in the region is far from what the Kremlin would like to see. Abbas has declared that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has disqualified him as broker in the dispute, and is seeking an international mechanism to replace the US for Middle East peace talks. Abbas arrives in Moscow two weeks after a visit by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.