Speaking on BBC World News, Carnegie’s Andrew Weiss explained that President Barack Obama’s cancellation of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin highlights the lack of potential and direction in U.S.-Russia relations. Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia, he explained, was a big issue in the decision to cancel, but the more significant problem was that the Obama administration has spent the past several months working to identify steps for joint cooperation with Russia with little progress. The challenge ahead for both countries, he concluded, is setting an agenda separate from the issues on which they do not see eye-to-eye.

This interview was originally broadcast on BBC World News.