Breaking: Russian Envoy To U.N. Dies Suddenly In New York

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin died suddenly in New York on Monday according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. He reportedly fell ill at work shortly before he died.

Reuters reports:

Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday.

It declined to comment on reports that Churkin had been taken to hospital shortly before his death.

President Vladimir Putin was “deeply upset” by the news and had greatly valued Churkin’s professionalism and diplomatic talent, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin as saying.

The New York Post quoted unnamed sources as saying Churkin had been rushed to a Manhattan hospital from the Russian embassy after falling ill with a cardiac condition.

Tass news agency quoted Churkin’s deputy Pyotr Ilyichev as saying: “The loss sustained by Russia is grave and irreplaceable.

Read the rest of the Reuters report here. Story still developing…

 

 

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