Russian Envoy to UN Dies Suddenly in New York

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

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