UNITED NATIONS - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend a meeting on the escalating conflict in Syria that international mediator Kofi Annan has organized in Geneva this weekend, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Tuesday.

"Sergei Lavrov has officially accepted the invitation to come to the actual meeting in Geneva on Saturday, June 30," Churkin told reporters ahead of a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria. "We attach great importance to this meeting."

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