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Russia: Mourners lay flowers at foreign ministry following Churkin’s death01:08

Russia: Mourners lay flowers at foreign ministry following Churkin’s death

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 20, 2017 at 23:03 GMT -00:00 · Published

Mourners laid flowers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow following the death of the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitali Churkin, Monday.

Churkin died in New York City earlier on Monday, with the Russian foreign ministry confirming the veteran diplomat's death after he was reportedly taken to hospital after suffering from heart failure.

He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan after he allegedly suffered heart problems at the offices of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation on East 67th Street.

The 64-year-old had been Russia's UN representative since 2006. Before he took the post he was served as Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), as well as Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), and Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), among other top level diplomatic posts.

Passing away one day before his 65th birthday, Churkin is survived by his wife and two children.

Russia: Mourners lay flowers at foreign ministry following Churkin’s death01:08
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Mourners laid flowers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow following the death of the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitali Churkin, Monday.

Churkin died in New York City earlier on Monday, with the Russian foreign ministry confirming the veteran diplomat's death after he was reportedly taken to hospital after suffering from heart failure.

He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan after he allegedly suffered heart problems at the offices of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation on East 67th Street.

The 64-year-old had been Russia's UN representative since 2006. Before he took the post he was served as Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), as well as Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), and Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), among other top level diplomatic posts.

Passing away one day before his 65th birthday, Churkin is survived by his wife and two children.

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