Putin discusses Middle East peace process with Trump by phone: agenciesRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had spoken to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone and discussed efforts to bridge differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Russian news agencies reported. Putin was reported to have made the comments at the start of a meeting in Moscow with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The same news agencies quoted Abbas as saying that the Palestinians could not accept the United States as the sole mediator in talks with Israel because of Washington's behavior.