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USA: UN SecGen Guterres signs book of condolences for Vitali Churkin in NYC02:39

USA: UN SecGen Guterres signs book of condolences for Vitali Churkin in NYC

United States, New York City
February 21, 2017 at 21:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

Diplomats and officials came to the Russian Mission to the UN in New York, Tuesday, to sign a book of condolences in honour of the late Russian ambassador Vitali Churkin, after he passed away on Monday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to the late diplomat and offered his condolences to the Russian people, saying that it was a great loss for both the United Nations and Russia.

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 reportedly suffering 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.

USA: UN SecGen Guterres signs book of condolences for Vitali Churkin in NYC02:39
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Diplomats and officials came to the Russian Mission to the UN in New York, Tuesday, to sign a book of condolences in honour of the late Russian ambassador Vitali Churkin, after he passed away on Monday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid tribute to the late diplomat and offered his condolences to the Russian people, saying that it was a great loss for both the United Nations and Russia.

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 reportedly suffering 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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