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Russia's Ambassador to UN, Vitaly Churkin, Dies in New York

Another sudden end for a top Russian diplomat

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We have no words. Just deep sadness and frankly a lot of questions. Via Reuters:

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly at work in New York on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

<figcaption>A true diplomat</figcaption>
A true diplomat

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.

"The outstanding Russian diplomat passed away at his work post," it said.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general's office, said: "He has been such a regular presence here that I am actually quite stunned. Our thoughts go to his family, to his friends and to his government."

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