After four hours of talks at the Russian ambassador's residence, Kerry told reporters that he and his counterpart wanted a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine.
"We both made suggestions as to how that will be achieved ... and I will return to Washington to consult with President Obama on his choices," Kerry said in Paris. "We are trying to find a way to defuse this."
“A way forward in Ukraine must include a pullback of Russia’s very large military presence on the Ukrainian border,” Kerry said. “We believe it’s creating fear and intimidation. It doesn’t create the climate that we need and the dialogue and the messages to the Ukrainians themselves.”
Lavrov said in a separate conference that his conversation with Kerry had been "very, very constructive."
The White House said that Obama "suggested" that the Kremlin submit a written response to a diplomatic solution drafted by the U.S. in collaboration with partners in Ukraine. They agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would discuss details at their meeting.