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Long-time Russian Ambassador to UN, Vitaly Churkin, dies suddenly in New York

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Long-time Russian Ambassador to UN, Vitaly Churkin, dies suddenly in New York
New York, Feb 21 (Just Earth News): The United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly on Monday mourned the passing of the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who died suddenly this morning in New York.

Ambassador Churkin spent more than 40 years at the Russian Diplomatic Service, headed the Russian Mission to the UN for more than a decade and would have turned 65 tomorrow, 21 February.

In a statement on Monday, members of the Security Council also expressed their deep condolences to the family of the Ambassador, the Government and the Russian people.

Also on Monday, the General Assembly held a moment of silence honouring the Ambassador's memory.

During a meeting of the Assembly on the reform of the world body, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative, Petr Iliichev, informed those present about Churkin's sudden passing.