Kerry plans to visit Russia within the week

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 4:04 AM

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes to visit Russia within the next week for talks on the crisis in Syria and Ukraine.

Kerry said Wednesday in Paris that he is planning to visit Moscow "in a week" to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the two matters.

If he makes the trip, it will come ahead of a planned international diplomatic meeting on Syria at the United Nations on December 18, at which the U.N. Security Council expects to adopt a resolution in support of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition.

It would be Kerry's second visit to Russia this year and second since Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. He traveled to Sochi in May to see Putin and Lavrov.