“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia deeply regrets that Vitaly Churkin suddenly died in New York today. A prominent Russian diplomat died in his 65th year as he was doing his job. We are expressing our family and close sincere condolences, “the Russian MIP said in a statement.
Otherwise, Churkin was in the position of Ambassador of Russia to the UN since 2006. He became known in Serbia because he represented Russia when the Kosovo Security Council discussed the Kosovo crisis.
Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin was born on February 21, 1952 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Affairs in 1974, where he began working and received his Ph.D. in History at the Diplomatic Academy of the Soviet Union in 1981.
He was then Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and Russia, and was also a representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia from 1992 to 1994.
Andrei Denisov was replaced as Russia’s ambassador to the UN on May 1, 2006.
Russian President Vladimir Putin highly rated the professionalism and diplomatic talent of Vitaly Churkin, and with great sorrow he received news of his death, spokesman for Russian President Dmitry Peskov said.
News taken with Sputnik Serbia