Nightly News   |  March 30, 2014

John Kerry Heads to Paris to Talk Ukraine

The Secretary of State discusses the tense situation in Ukraine with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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>> holt: the future of ukraine and competing visions for that country was the subject of an urgent meeting in paris tonight between secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart. nbc´s kristen welker is following it for us from the white house tonight. kristen?

>> welker: lester, secretary kerry met with his russian counterpart for more than four hours in paris today. and instead of a major breakthrough, there seemed to be an agreement to keep talking. kerry said he and sergei lavrov made suggestions about ways to de-escalate tensions and to work with the ukrainian government . kerry also said he raised strong concerns about the russian troop buildup along the ukrainian border, which he said has caused a climate of fear and intimidation, but russia didn´t say it would pull back. kerry said the u.s. wants to see a demobilization of forces and free and fair elections, as well as rights for minorities. he emphasized, it is ultimately up to the ukrainians to decide the road ahead. now, tensions have been mounting since russia annexed crimea earlier this month, with the u.s. concerned russia wants to enter other parts of ukraine. today defense secretary chuck hagel ordered nato´s top commander, who is scheduled to testify before congress this week, to head back to nato´s headquarters in europe, citing a lack of transparency on the part of russia when it comes to its troops. so the situation remains uncertain tonight.