3) We included an interview between Charlie Rose and Churkin inside the post. It is from approximately three-years ago. Churkin was respected among international diplomats and he even did some teaching at NYU’s model U.N. [The Intellectualist]
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Monday died of an apparent heart attack in New York, officials said
Vitaly Churkin, 64, had represented Russia at the U.N. since 2006. Police arrived at the Russian consulate on E. 67th St. at 9:30 a.m.and found the diplomat in cardiac arrest, sources said. He was declared dead at New York Presbyterian Hospital. No foul play is suspected, police sources said.
Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to U.N.
“A brilliant ambassador who served his country & people. May he rest in peace,” Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands’ ambassador to the U.N. tweeted.
Churkin was considered Moscow’s great champion at the U.N.
He had a reputation for an acute wit and sharp repartee, especially with his American and Western counterparts.
He was previously ambassador at large and earlier served as the foreign ministry spokesman.