Despite these concessions, as the ambassadors of the 15 countries sitting on the Security Council held three-hour long consultations behind closed doors it became clear that Russia and China were intent on vetoing the watered down text. A diplomat on the Security Council described these talks as "tense, with certain countries acting in bad faith," a reference to Russia.
Undeterred, diplomats continued their engagement throughout much of the day. The United States, France and the United Kingdom met at 2 p.m., the U.S. reiterating its dissatisfaction with the absence of sanctions in the proposed text.
As the 5 p.m. deadline loomed, diplomats pushed the vote an extra hour as further side negotiations took place, a last ditch effort for an eleventh hour breakthrough.
It never happened. Russia and China cast a double veto, their first in three years and their second in a decade.
Despite his country's defense of the veto, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made his bluntest statement yet toward the Syrian leadership, saying it if is "unable to undertake these reforms, it will have to go."