Syrian dictator, Moscow ally Assad endorses Russian invasion of Ukraine
Damascus is a staunch ally of Moscow which intervened in the Syrian civil war in 2015 by launching air strikes to support the Assad regime's struggling forces.
Assad spoke to Putin a day after Russian forces invaded Ukraine on the orders of the Russian president, drawing strong international condemnation.
"President Assad stressed that what is happening today is a correction of history and a restoration of balance in the global order after the fall of the Soviet Union," said a statement from the Syrian presidency.
Assad also said that "Syria stands with the Russian Federation based on its conviction that its position is correct and because confronting NATO expansionism is a right for Russia".
Russia's intervention in Syria - as well as Iranian-backed factions - marked a turning point in the conflict, and helped prop up Assad's regime.
It enabled pro-regime forces to wrest back territory lost to rebel groups, involving deadly bombardments and massive destruction.
More than 63,000 Russian military personnel have deployed to Syria, Moscow says.
During Friday's phone call, Assad said "Western nations bear responsibility for the chaos and bloodshed," accusing them of using "dirty methods to support terrorists in Syria and Nazis in Ukraine."
The war in Syria is estimated to have killed nearly half a million people and displaced millions more since Assad's regime began with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011.