2. Source, The NY Times, link
3. Adding another twist, Mr. Kerry and his Russian counterpart met at the same Geneva hotel where Hillary Rodham Clinton, then the secretary of state, presented Mr. Lavrov with a red “reset” button in 2009 to symbolize the Obama administration’s efforts to improve ties with Moscow — an effort that so far has been largely stymied since Vladimir A. Putin resumed his role as Russia’s president.
4. Stymie: v. Prevent or hinder the progress of
5. The lagging wifi stymied my efforts to do my homework in class.