MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Assad’s press service said that Putin had sent the Syrian leader a telegram with a message of support for him and the Syrian army.
"We never comment on the constant exchange of messages between president Putin and other heads of state. We shall not do it this time either. President Putin himself said many times that support of the Syrian Arab Republic in its fight against terrorism <…> will continue," Peskov told reporters.
The United States and some of its allies have been supporting the so-called moderate Syrian opposition since the beginning of the conflict, calling for Assad to resign, while Moscow recognizes Assad as the legitimate authority in the country, stressing that the Syrian people should be free to choose their leadership without outside intervention.