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John Kerry's gift to Russian counterpart? Two 'impressive' Idaho potatoes

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Secretary of State John Kerry gives a pair of Idaho potatoes to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of their meeting in Paris on Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry drew a chuckle from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he presented two large Idaho potatoes as a gift during a meeting in Paris on Monday.

Kerry said Lavrov had mentioned Idaho's most famous export the last time the pair met. Russia's foreign minister seemed to appreciate the gesture, smiling and remarking that the gifts were "impressive."

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

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