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Monday, February 20, 2017

Russian ambassador to UN dies suddenly in New York

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Just a day before his 65th birthday, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations died in New York Monday of cardiac arrest, according to the the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

Vitaly Churkin, 64, was rushed to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest.
Career diplomat, Churkin, previously served as ambassador to Belgium, Canada and NATO, and held his position at the U.N. since 2006.

Churkin’s deputy Pyotr Ilyichev told Russian media outlets, “Ambassador Churkin remained at his work post until the last minute,” and “He devoted his whole life to defending the interests of Russia and was to be found on the very front lines and in the most stressful posts.”

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