A Russian UN Security Council resolution on Syrian-Turkish border crossings has been rejected, after Moscow and Beijing vetoed a draft by Western members who sought to reopen the checkpoints not under government control.

The international body, working in online format due to the coronavirus pandemic, rejected the Russian proposal with four votes in favor, seven against and four abstentions. It is the fourth time that the vote on the rival measures has failed, with the council struggling to reach a compromise as the mandate of the border crossings is expiring on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, 13 out of 15 Security Council members supported the draft prepared by Germany and Belgium. Moscow and Beijing used their veto power to stop the motion, however.

Russia argues that the situation in Syria has changed dramatically in recent years and most of its territory is now under government control. With many areas in need of humanitarian aid being easily accessible from within Syria, Moscow has offered to leave open just one border crossing in militant-controlled territory for the next 12 months. (RT)