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'Match Continues': Russia Compares Kerry-Lavrov Talks to Soccer Game

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Image: Kerry, Lavrov in last-ditch talks on Crimea crisis
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walking across the lawn at Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in London, Britain, 14 March 2014, as they hold a one-on-one discussion about de-escalating tensions in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Ministry via EPA

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took his negotiations aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov outdoors Friday.

Kerry invited his Russian counterpart for a walk in the vast garden of Winfield House, the American ambassador's palatial residence in London.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a photo of the pair kicking around a soccer ball as they talked.

The house, which was sold to the U.S. government for just a dollar after it fell into disrepair during World War II, is reputed to have the second largest private garden in central London, after Buckingham Palace.

A second picture posted by the Russian government showed Kerry and Lavrov taking advantage of the extensive grounds to talk one-to-one, far from their advisers.

The Russian Foreign Ministry showed its sense of humor with the tweet, saying, "Hope they will be back," as the leaders head off into the distance.

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