Russia appoints acting permanent representative to UN after Churkin’s death

Vitaly Churkin died on Feb. 20.

Vitaly Churkin died on Feb. 20.

Pyotr Ilyichev will head diplomatic mission until new envoy's appointment

Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Pyotr Ilyichev has been appointed as acting Permanent Representative to the organization after Vitaly Churkin’s unexpected death, according to a representative of Russian Foreign Ministry’s press service, TASS reports.

"Pyotr Ilyichev has become acting Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations," he said. Ilyichev will head Russia’s diplomatic mission until the appointment of the new Permanent Representative.

Vitaly Churkin died on Feb. 20, a day before his 65th birthday. He had been Russia’s UN ambassador since April 8, 2006, representing the country in the United Nations Security Council. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the ambassador died while on duty.

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