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MUNRFE expresses its deepest condolences on Vitaly Churkin's passing

On February 21, 2017 the world has witnessed the loss of one of the most prominent Russian diplomats, who has been serving as Russia's permanent representative to the UN for more than 10 years - H.E. Vitaly I. Churkin. H.E. Churkin passed away a day before his 65th anniversary, in New York.

He started his career in 1974 during the work of CPSU Secretary-General Leonid Brezhnev and worked in the Foreign Ministry's system for over 40 years. He was an interpreter in the negotiations of Brezhnev and US President Jimmy Carter on the SALT-2 in Geneva. Since 1982 he was the second, then the first Secretary of the Soviet Embassy in the United States. From 1987 to 1989 Vitaly Churkin was an Assistant of the International Department of the CPSU Central Committee, in 1989-1990 – the Press-secretary of the Foreign Minister of the USSR Eduard Shevardnadze. In 1991-1992 – the Head of the Information Department of the Ministry of External Relations of the USSR, after that – in Russian Foreign Ministry.

From June 1992 to October 1994 was working as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister of Andrei Kozyrev. In 1994-1998 - Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Belgium, Russia's representative to NATO. In 1998-2003 – Russian Ambassador to Canada. In 2003-2006 – Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In April 2006 he was appointed Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN in New York, Russia's representative to the UN Security Council. Vitaly Churkin was awarded the Order of Merit (2009), «For Service to the Fatherland» IV degree (2012).

MUNRFE expresses its deep regret and condolences to the family of the Russia's permanent representative to the UN, H.E. Vitaly I. Churkin, who represents the perfect example of an outstanding diplomat and a good person.