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Russian ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin dies aged 64

The diplomat died one day ahead of his 65th birthday
Russia's ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin dies aged 64

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died on Monday at the age of 64, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, Russian news agency TASS reported.

“The Russian Foreign Ministry deeply regrets to announce that Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin has died suddenly in New York on February 20, a day ahead of his 65th birthday,” the ministry said.

“The outstanding Russian diplomat died in harness,” the ministry said. “We offer sincere condolences to the family of Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin.”