Though the United States and allied countries are working to convince Russia to reopen a border crossing between Iraq and Syria to UN humanitarian aid, Moscow could not only refuse but block aid through other points.
The United Nations Security Council has agreed to renew Resolution 2165 for another six months, authorising the continuation of aid into Syria. For many displaced Syrians suffering from harsh winter conditions, the decision is a welcome respite, but the future remains unclear.
The UN Security Council was set to vote later on Friday on extending cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but Russia has been pushing for a reduction in aid that has set up a showdown with the West. The authorization for the aid, which enters the country without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, has been in place since 2014 and is set to expire on Friday