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Russian Ambassador to United Nations Dies Suddenly In New York

Russian Ambassador to United Nations Dies Suddenly In New York

WASHINGTON POST --

Vitaly I. Churkin, who had been Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for more than a decade and championed Moscow’s perspective on barbarity in Syria, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and other global flash points, died Feb. 20 at a hospital in New York. He died a day before his 65th birthday.

Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, said that his boss fell ill at his office. The cause wasn’t immediately known.

Mr. Churkin was at present the longest-serving member of the Security Council, the United Nations’ most powerful body. Among many other issues, he had recently made Russia’s views heard on the conflict in its close ally Syria, sparring with diplomats from the United States and other Western countries over whether to impose sanctions or take action to end the conflict in Syria.

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