Russian prominent diplomat Churkin passes away

Moscow, SANA- Russian Foreign Ministry announced Permanent Representative to the United Nations and prominent diplomat, Vitaly Churkin died on Monday at the age of 64.

The Ministry expressed sincere condolences to the family of Vitaly Churkin who has died a day ahead of his 65th birthday,” the ministry said in a statement.

Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin was born in Moscow in 1952. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1974, beginning his decades-long career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shortly.

Ambassador Churkin served as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003, Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).

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