Putin plays peacemaker between Abbas and Trump
Putin and Abbas meet in May. Photo: Thaer Ghanaim/PPO via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to use his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Kremlin today to ease the strained relations between the Palestinians and the Trump administration, which were frozen by the Palestinians after Trump's Jerusalem announcement two months ago.

Before the meeting Putin called Trump and spoke to him about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and about the crisis between the U.S. and the Palestinians. At the top of the meeting with Abbas, in front of the TV cameras, Putin revealed he had spoken to Trump and told Abbas the U.S. president "conveyed his best wishes".