Kerry set to see Russian FM on Ukraine

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) Show caption
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)

PARIS (AP) — 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.