The Syrian leader, once a political pariah, is now being welcomed back by many of the countries that cut him off 10 years ago, despite ongoing U.S. opposition.
"This clearly violates international law and doesn't allow you to make maximum efforts to consolidate the country," Putin told Assad, according to the Kremlin.
Jens Spahn said that he was not pleased that Syria was confirmed for a spot on the World Health Organization executive board, amid decades-long war the Syrian government waged against dissenters.
The rigged election in Syria caps off the dictator's victory in a bloody decade-long battle to retain power.
Syrian Parliament Speaker Hammouda al-Sabbagh announced Thursday that the incumbent Assad had won 95.1% of the vote, or 13,540,860 ballots, figures likely to be met with skepticism from opposition figures and Western powers that have derided the race as a sham.
"The Assad regime's so-called presidential election is neither free nor fair," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
"If they want to vote, they can go home and vote there," one Lebanese protester said. "Since they love Bashar Assad, why don't they go home?"
Russia said the U.S. convoy had taken a route "without prior notice" as friction over deconfliction efforts grows between Washington, D.C., and Moscow.
Russia's embassy in Washington tweeted that the U.S. presence in Syria was "primarily illegal."
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "expressed his thanks for the humanitarian aid provided by Russia to the Syrian people to help them overcome the effects of the unjust blockade imposed on them," according to a readout by his office regarding a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The 55-year old dictator and his wide are both "in good health and in stable condition," according to the president's office.
"I worry that we're entering a time where anti-democracy forces will see value in developing new kinds of chemical weapons, and—noting the disruptive impact of COVID-19—perhaps biological weapons."
"Someone had launched a major chemical weapons attack on the suburbs, no more than 5 miles from his hotel. They had killed and injured scores of civilians, and perhaps more...And it happened at the precise moment when a body of U.N. experts was present in Syria to document the deed."
The international community has been exposed to ample evidence that Assad prioritizes his grip on power in Syria over compliance with international norms and law.
Moscow finally seems to be growing weary of its Syrian burden.
President Donald Trump has retained a small U.S. force in the east of Syria to guard oil fields there against remaining Islamic State elements.
The British rock star, a prominent anti-war activist, was murdered on December 8, 1980.
The Fox News host brought in Jonathan Steele to corroborate his theory about the attack on Douma.
President Donald Trump has said a force of Americans will remain in the east of the country to guard the oil fields there.
"Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, says he could vote for you," co-host Joy Behar pointed out.
The former ambassador to the United Nations has written a book about her time in the White House called "The Education of an Idealist."
Foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the international community had the right to question the U.S. policy.
The dictator suggested Trump's transactional foreign policy is illustrative of America's global approach.
Russia's deputy foreign minister says that when it comes to not recognizing the Syrian government's authority, "that's where we do not see eye-to-eye with the U.S. on the approach to this situation, and it cannot be otherwise."
President Trump's impulsive decision to allow the slaughter of Kurdish civilians and the Syrian Democratic Forces will leave a dark legacy that extends far beyond this war or this presidency.
"We're in trouble," Steve Schmidt said in a Monday interview. "You see America in retreat, literally."
"At a certain point, Turkey reached its limit," Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, regarding the influx of refugees from Syria into Turkey as a result of a brutal civil war raging in the country.