Death of Russian ambassador to United Nations needs to be studied more

Mr Churkin died weeks into some major adjustments for Russian Federation, the United Nations and the global community, with a new secretary general at the world body and a new administration in Washington.

U.S. media reported that the Russian diplomat had died after suffering a heart attack at Russia's United Nations mission in Manhattan.

Diplomats, colleagues and relatives said their final farewells Friday to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations who died earlier in the week.

President Sirleaf said that Ambassador Churkin's tenacity and commitment to duty which distinguished him in the field of diplomacy, will inspire many others.

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The White House issued a note of condolences on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump saying that Churkin played a crucial role in working with the US to overcome global security challenges.

"The president was grieved to learn about the death of Vitaly Churkin", he said. "Farewell Friend. Russia loses a stalwart diplomat; the world of diplomacy a consummate practitioner; India a friend".

We feel shocked and saddened over Ambassador Churkin's sudden death and express our deep condolences, said Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the UN. "He was a bright diplomat, a bright man".

Mr Churkin emerged as the face of a new approach to foreign affairs by the Soviet Union in 1986, when he gave evidence before the US Congress about the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster.

  • Sonia Alvarado