(USATODAY.com) - The diplomatic focus aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine switched to Paris on Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
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Kerry and Lavrov along with top diplomats from Ukraine and Britain are in the French capital for a planned conference on Lebanon and the Syrian refugee crisis, but events in Ukraine's Crimea region are almost certain to overshadow those talks.
A meeting between NATO and Russia will also take place in Brussels Wednesday at the request of NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to signal that he was holding off on a decision to take military action in Ukraine.