Russian Ambassador to UN Dies
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly Monday in New York just one day before his 65th birthday. The cause of the ambassador’s death is unclear. Churkin had served in his role as ambassador since 2006 and as a Russian diplomat since the 1990s. He was known as a staunch defender of Russian foreign interests and garnered respect from many in the international community for his diplomatic skill, despite his often counter views on international policy issues. Churkin’s death has been met with an outpouring of condolences sent from his colleagues around the world and at home.
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