Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution backed by the United States that would have maintained humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest through two crossing points from Turkey.

Iran PressAmerica:  Friday’s vote came hours before the current mandate for cross-border aid deliveries expires.

According to Associated Press, Russia signaled its intent to veto by circulating a new resolution Thursday night which would authorize just one crossing from Turkey for a year.

Diplomats said the 15 Security Council members have been discussing a possible compromise and would shortly hold a closed meeting to discuss a possible way ahead.