Moscow, Feb. 20, 2017 (dpa/NAN)… Russia’s long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died “suddenly” in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
“A great diplomat, an extraordinary person, we have lost a loved one,’’ spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
The ministry said in a statement that Churkin, who had served in the post for over a decade, died at work.
“We express our deepest condolences to Vitaly Churkin’s family and friends,’’ the ministry said.
Churkin, a career diplomat, had previously served as Russia’s ambassador to Canada and