Russia's Putin meets Syria's Assad in Moscow

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad visit an Orthodox Christian cathedral in Damascus, Syria January 7, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Moscow on Monday, the Kremlin said.

During the meeting, Putin congratulated Assad on his win in Syria's presidential election. He also said that foreign forces, which are being deployed in Syria without the United Nation's decision, are a hindrance for the country's consolidation, according to the readout of the meeting.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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