Body Of Russian UN Ambassador Returned To Moscow

Miranda GreerFeb 25, 2017

Ambassador Churkin, who held a Ph.D in History, served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2006.

Churkin's family, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and foreign ministry staff attended a memorial for the former diplomat at Moscow's Central Clinic Hospital. He was taken to hospital on Monday, where he died, Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said.

Churkin died Monday at a NY hospital at age 64.

Media reports of an examination into the cause of the death of Vitaly Churkin are an information attack, Zakharova said.

According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf, in her message to Mr. Putin, said, "This is a colossal loss not only to Russian Federation but also to the worldwide community, particularly the United Nations Security Council, where Ambassador Churkin was an outstanding figure and very revered by his colleagues".

Her predecessor, Samantha Power, described him on Twitter as a "diplomatic maestro and deeply caring man" who had done all he could to bridge differences between the USA and Russian Federation. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Churkin was quote "brilliant, wise, gracious and amusing".

"We must do everything to immortalize our friend". It was Churkin, as President of the UN Security Council in October, who had announced the selection of Guterres as the next UN chief. The U.N. General Assembly will schedule a special meeting to pay tribute to him. "He is an outstanding example of a diplomat", Liu said. His fluent English, fashionable appearance and friendly, sometimes humorous, exchange with lawmakers marked a departure from the tone lawmakers had come to expect from the Soviet Union. He was Russia's ambassador to Canada from 1998 to 2003, and to Belgium from 1994 to 1998. Churkin would have turned 65 today.

At the time, he looked in good health, reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky tweeted.

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