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Kerry set to meet Russian foreign minister in Paris to discuss Ukraine crisis

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris, on Saturday March 29, 2014. After leaving Saudi Arabia the secretary canceled a return to Washington in order to travel to Paris for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about the situation in Ukraine. The meeting was arranged during a refueling stop in Ireland en route to Paris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)The Associated Press

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on his cell phone at Shannon Airport in Ireland, Saturday March 29, 2014, during a refueling stop. Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, Kerry has abruptly changed course and will stay in Europe for talks on the Ukraine crisis. Flying from Riyadh to Shannon, for a refueling stop on Saturday, Kerry decided to turn his plane around and was traveling to Paris for a meeting with Lavrov scheduled for Sunday evening.. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)The Associated Press

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks back to his plane through Shannon Airport in Ireland Saturday March 29, 2014, during a refueling stop. Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, Kerry has abruptly changed course and will stay in Europe for talks on the Ukraine crisis. Flying from Riyadh to Shannon for a refueling stop on Saturday, Kerry decided to turn his plane around and was traveling to Paris for a meeting with Lavrov scheduled for Sunday evening.. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)The Associated Press

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    In this March 27, 2014, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry attends a reception for U.S. companies based in Italy that are donors and potential donors for a USA Pavillion at the Milan Expo 2015, in Rome. Halfway home from Saudi Arabia, Kerry has abruptly changed course and will stay in Europe for talks on Ukraine. Flying from Riyadh to Shannon, Ireland, for a refueling stop on Saturday, Kerry decided to turn his plane around and will now travel to Paris for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, likely on Monday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)The Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris preparing to meet his Russian counterpart in another bid to calm tensions and resolve the crisis over Ukraine.

Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are meeting later Sunday. They'll sit down at the residence of the Russian ambassador to France to go over Moscow's response to a U.S. plan to de-escalate the situation as Russian troops continue to mass along the Ukrainian border.

U.S. officials say the plan covers the disarmament of irregular forces, international monitors to protect minority rights, direct dialogue between Russia and Ukraine and Ukrainian political reforms.

Kerry and Lavrov have met several times in person and spoken by phone almost daily since the crisis began but have not yet been able to agree on a way forward.