Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin returns to his seat after making a statement during the appointment of the Secretary-General designate, Antonio Guterres of Portugal, at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.AP
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has died on Feb. 20 at the age of 64, the Russian foreign ministry said, reports TASS.
"The Russian foreign ministry deeply regrets to announce that Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin has died suddenly in New York on Feb. 20, a day ahead of his 65th birthday," the ministry said.
"The outstanding Russian diplomat died in harness," the ministry said.
"We offer sincere condolences to the family of Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin."
Accordingt to the New York Post, Russian Ambassador to the UN died after suffering cardiac arrest. "Churkin fell ill at his office at the Russian Mission to the U.N. on East 67th Street around 9:30 a.m. and was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived. He was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m," New York Post reports.
Churkin was born in Moscow on Feb.21, 1952 into the family of a design engineer. He has been Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations since April 8, 2006.
"The head of state highly estimated Churkin’s professionalism and diplomatic talents."
Maria Zakharova: "He was a great professional, an outstanding man and a strong personality who took to heart all he was doing."
"We are mourning over the tragic death of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin who represented Russia in New York. It is a big loss. We offer our condolences to his family," the mission said on its Twitter account.
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