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Russia: Lavrov and Swedish FM hold minute silence to honour Vitali Churkin02:42

Russia: Lavrov and Swedish FM hold minute silence to honour Vitali Churkin

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 21, 2017 at 11:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom held a minute of silence during a meeting in Moscow, Tuesday, to honour the late Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitali Churkin, who passed away in New York City on Monday.

Lavrov laid flowers to pay tribute to the late UN ambassador, stating "This job was always a fight for him. So we will remember him like this, so our people will remember him and so world diplomacy will remember him." Wallstrom also offered her condolences, stating "I want to start by offering my condolences over Ambassador Vitali Churkin's passing, and also the death last week of the former ambassador to Stockholm, Alexander Kadakin. Both of them were highly esteemed diplomats."

Vitali Churkin was serving as Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN when he passed away in New York City earlier on Monday. Churkin 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: Lavrov and Swedish FM hold minute silence to honour Vitali Churkin02:42
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom held a minute of silence during a meeting in Moscow, Tuesday, to honour the late Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitali Churkin, who passed away in New York City on Monday.

Lavrov laid flowers to pay tribute to the late UN ambassador, stating "This job was always a fight for him. So we will remember him like this, so our people will remember him and so world diplomacy will remember him." Wallstrom also offered her condolences, stating "I want to start by offering my condolences over Ambassador Vitali Churkin's passing, and also the death last week of the former ambassador to Stockholm, Alexander Kadakin. Both of them were highly esteemed diplomats."

Vitali Churkin was serving as Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN when he passed away in New York City earlier on Monday. Churkin 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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