"Is it not better to be patient and facilitate the change in social structure itself? And, with patience and while facilitating structural societal changes, to wait for natural changes to occur inside?" Putin said in an interview Bloomberg published on the Kremlin website Friday.
He forewarned that structural changes in Syrian politics will not come "any day now."
"This is the essence of political wisdom: not to make a fuss and get ahead of ourselves, but gradually work toward structural change, in this case toward the society’s political system," Putin stressed.