Side trip for Kerry.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will open talks with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Paris Sunday in the latest attempt by Washington to defuse an ongoing conflict with Moscow over future of Ukraine.

Kerry arrived in Paris from a refueling stop in Shannon, Ireland. He had been on his way to Washington from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when he decided to travel to Paris for the talks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the meeting between the top diplomats Friday in a surprise phone call to President Barack Obama, which occurred while the latter was traveling in Saudi Arabia.

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