Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, died today, the country’s foreign ministry has announced, just one day before his 65th birthday.
Churkin was working at the Russian consulate in New York when he passed away. According to NBC News, the foreign ministry said in a statement, “A prominent Russian diplomat has passed away while at work. We’d like to express our sincere condolences to Vitaly Churkin’s family.”
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has issued this statement:
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) February 20, 2017
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