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06:34 PM ET

Were Kerry’s diplomatic efforts on Ukraine, Russia a swing and a miss?

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Paris Wednesday about the progress on a Ukraine deal, setting the bar rather low.

"I don't think any of us came here with the anticipation that in this moment, in this atmosphere of heightened tension and confrontation, that we're suddenly going to resolve that here this afternoon," Kerry said.

But Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have some ideas they can bring to their respective bosses: President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Yet the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers were in the same building today, and they did not meet. So were Kerry's efforts on Ukraine something of a swing and a miss?

"I completely disagree with that," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

"Yes, he had a lengthy meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov. Do we expect this to be solved in a day? Absolutely not," said Psaki. "But there are steps that can be taken, there is an off-ramp for Russia, Secretary kerry laid that out today for Foreign Minister Lavrov."

If Russia does not take "that off-ramp," Psaki said the U.S. has "a range of options and there will be consequences."

For more of our interview with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, check out the video above.

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