"What we are concerned about is Syria's future. We don't want the same mistakes to be repeated in the near future. We shall remember how some regimes supported the militants in Libya and" how badly that turned out.
At the same time, Putin knows Washington's war on Syria looms. Russia and China have much to lose if America achieves unchallenged regional control. It remains to be seen how both countries will respond.
Egypt also remains very much on the boil. On November 23, protests erupted throughout the country. They came after President Mohamed Morsi's November 22 decree asserted dictatorial powers.
Despite strong opposition, Egypt's Constituent Assembly approved a draft constitution on November 30. In mid-December, a national referendum will be held on whether to adopt it. Elections in early 2013 will follow.
Morsi said once a new constitution is approved, he'll rescind his unlimited executive powers. Egyptians are justifiably skeptical. Similar earlier promises proved hollow.
Washington supports him and his Muslim Brotherhood led government. They're reliable imperial allies. They're too important to lose. So is Egypt's military. It retains enormous power. It has considerable say over whatever it chooses to control.
Morsi's government is Egypt's public face. Opponents and supporters squared off for days. Police attacked anti-government protesters.
On December 6, tanks and armored vehicles protected the presidential palace. Three Morsi advisors resigned. His planned Wednesday address was cancelled. Prime Minister Hisham Qandil called for calm and national dialogue.
Since protests erupted, six people died. Hundreds more were injured and/or arrested. Clashes show no signs of ending. On Tuesday, protesters broke through presidential palace barbed wire barriers.
Morsi fled for his own protection. Later he returned. Street clashes reflect pandemonium. Demonstrators call their efforts a "last warning."
They demand Morsi rescind his degree. They oppose the hastily written constitution. It's based on Sharia law. It establishes an Islamic dictatorship and military rule.
It hardens the worst of what most Egyptians oppose. It keeps Egypt on the boil. It assures vicious crackdowns against opponents. Public anger erupted on and off last year. Broken pledges continued them this year.
Ousting Mubarak reaped the whirlwind. America wanted him replaced. Morsi is Washington's man in Cairo. Obama wants Muslim Brotherhood officials and Egypt's military running things.
Western funding supports them. Considerable amounts are provided. Morsi is a US-educated technocrat. His public persona belies his collusion with Washington and other NATO countries.
He's hardline anti-Assad. He supports anti-Syrian death squads. He feigns Palestinian support. He's another tinpot regional despot. He's secure as long as he retains Western support. He's got it as long as he remembers who's boss.
Egyptians are no better off than before anti-Mubarak clashes erupted. Their legitimate grievances are ignored. It's the same throughout most of the region.