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John Kerry’s Gift to Russian Counterpart? Two Idaho Potatoes

Image: John Kerry gives Idaho potatoes to Sergey Lavrov
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gives a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) at the start of their meeting at the US Ambassador's residence in Paris, on January 13, 2014. Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and UN-Arab League envoy on Syria will meet for talks aimed at finalising preparations for hoped-for peace talks between Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition National Coalition. AFP PHOTO/POOL/PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAISPABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AFP/Getty Images PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / AFP - Getty Images

Two Idaho potatoes stole the show during a meeting between the United States and Russia on Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry drew chuckles when he presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with the vegetables as a gift. Lavrov, who had mentioned Idaho's most famous export during his last meeting with Kerry, described the tubers as "impressive."

The delegations were in Paris along with Syrian opposition groups ahead of U.N.-led Geneva II peace talks in Switzerland next week.