Died the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, the world sends condolences

Died the permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin, the world sends condolences

MOSCOW, 20 Feb — RIA Novosti. Permanent envoy of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin died on Monday in new York.


The Russian foreign Ministry said that it happened on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the diplomat. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian politicians and Western diplomats, including those who firmly opposed Churkin, has already brought the condolences and words found for the high evaluation of the work and diplomatic skills of the Russian representative to the UN.

The cause of death

Vitaly Churkin has held that position since April 8, 2006. A condolence book will be opened at the permanent mission of Russia to the UN from 21 to 23 February.

According to preliminary data, the cause of death was heart problems, the newspaper New York Post, citing its own sources.

Churkin was in the Embassy when he felt weak around 9: 30 local time (17.30 GMT), sources told the newspaper. The Russian diplomat was unconscious and needed measures of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, when he was urgently transported to Presbyterian hospital in new York, the newspaper notes.

According to the former Deputy Secretary General of the UN Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the immediate cause of death Churkin was heart failure.

At the UN in new York with a moment of silence in memory of who died suddenly the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin pic.twitter.com/StaHg2EgHi

— UN (@UnitedNationsRU) 20 Feb 2017

“The tension, permanent hard work. In stressful situations the person was,” said Ordzhonikidze, who for many years knew the deceased.

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on the causes of death refused to talk, citing the personal nature of this information. “In world practice it is accepted to use the word “suddenly”” she said in comments to the TV channel “Rain”.

Professionalism and talent

On the death of the diplomat was promptly reported to the President of the Russian Federation. Vladimir Putin, according to his press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, learned of this with great sadness and expressed condolences to the families Churkin, as well as the staff of the foreign Ministry.

“Putin appreciated the professionalism and diplomatic skill Churkin,” — said Peskov.

According to the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev, Vitaly Churkin, “in recent years, without exaggeration, was on the front line, the most advanced, first taking the blows directed against Russia, but not missing any one of them.”

Kosachev stressed that the position of representative to the UN is one of the highest and most responsible positions in the diplomatic service of any nation. “But for our country as a state that is a permanent member of the Security Council it is also the mission of the global scale and global responsibility,” the Senator wrote in Facebook.

Kosachev noted that Churkin was a teacher, colleague and good friend.

I have repeatedly worked together with Vitaly Ivanovich, always amazed at his composure and self-control, wondering how he manages it. Now see how — through the soul and through the heart, sparing neither time nor health.Constantine Kosachev the international Committee of the Federation Council

Former Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, former Deputy Secretary General of the UN Sergei Ordzhonikidze noted this distinctive feature Churkin, as a good polemicist.

“The UN security Council is very important (it is). Such difficult conditions, when Russia is not in the majority is, to put it mildly. It is very important to be a good debater and skillfully defend our positions,” — said Ordzhonikidze RIA Novosti.

Vitaly Ivanovich in the UN was respected not only by our friends and allies, and the representatives of those countries which the Ministry of foreign Affairs with all the diplomatic tact calls “partners”. Respected for his diligence, wit, diplomatic tact, human, qualities, abilities, diplomatic.Sergei Orjonikidzeabad

The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova expressed condolences to the families of the dead, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin called it a symbol of the independent foreign policy of Russia.

“Permanent representative of Russia to the UN Vitaly Churkin died in new York. He became one of the symbols of the new Russia, its independent foreign policy. Vitaly served the Fatherland all their lives and died working on the post,” wrote Moskalkova on his page in Instagram.

A member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak said that Churkin always balanced, firmly and worthily upheld the position of Russia in the UN.

He noted that the diplomatic mission of Russia’s permanent representative to the UN has been particularly difficult in recent years, “when our country from the West was bombarded with the constant and unsubstantiated accusations, was introduced anti-Russian sanctions and the declared information war”.

“Perhaps this relentless pressure and undermined the health of Vitaly Ivanovich, but he in spite of everything, always balanced, firmly and worthily upheld the position of our country in the United Nations, bringing the truth to the world and not allowing anyone to talk with Russia from a position of strength and threats,” the Deputy told reporters.

According to him, grandmaster the skill of the diplomat, wisdom, and devotion to duty of the highest erudition and professionalism, principled and caring attitude to what is happening in the country and the world, harmoniously combining in Churkin with kindness, skill to win and feel the beauty in people and the world.

“Vitaly Churkin will remain forever in our hearts a strong and bright spirit,” added Zheleznyak.

The head of the Vienna headquarters of the UN Yury Fedotov admitted that he is shocked by the message about the death of Churkin. “Sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues a distinguished diplomat. Shocked by the news of the tragic sudden death of V. I. Churkin”, — Fedotov wrote in the microblog in Twitter.

“I am shocked by the news of the sudden death of the Russian representative in UN Vitaly Churkin in new York. My deepest condolences to his family,” wrote the foreign Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajcak on Twitter.

Respect and friendship, despite differences

As if to confirm the words of Ordzhonikidze, your condolences have been issued by many foreign colleagues Churkin.

The British permanent representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft Churkin called the “giant of diplomacy”.

Absolutely devastated to hear that my friend and colleague Vitaly Churkin had died. Diplomatic giant (man) with a beautiful character. Rest in peace!Matthew Micropipette the UK to the UN

And the UK office at the organization on Twitter called Churkin, “the core of the UN security Council more than 10 years.”

French permanent representative to the UN, Francois Delattre, said that Vitaly Churkin was “an outstanding representative of the Russian Federation to the UN”, which, despite disagreements, it was with mutual respect and personal friendship.

“I genuinely respected and appreciated… Vitaly Churkin Vitaly Churkin was one of the most gifted diplomats I’ve ever met”, — reads the statement of the Ambassador of France.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called the deceased Maestro in the sphere of diplomacy.

I’m devastated by the news of the death of the Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin. Maestro in the sphere of diplomacy and a very caring person who did everything possible to overcome the differences between the US and Russia.Samantha Powerposted USA at the UN

The former US Ambassador known for his tough anti-Russian stance, like many other members of the administration of former President Barack Obama.

The U.S. permanent representative to the UN from 2009-2013, Susan rice, said that he was shocked by the news of the death of his Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” wrote rice in his microblog on Twitter.

He was for the UN great power. Smart, focused, highly effective.Susan Reisbevi US Ambassador to the UN

Rice noted that “he was a dangerous opponent, but always (remained) friend.”

“My heartfelt condolences to his wife Irene, family and the Russian mission at the UN,” she wrote.

Who will appoint the new Ambassador

To perform the duties of the permanent representative to the UN after the sudden death of Vitaly Churkin will be his first Deputy, but this post will appoint, most likely, someone from the center, has assumed the former Deputy Secretary General of the UN Sergei Ordzhonikidze.

“It’s hard to tell in this case who can prescribe. Different options can be very different. But as a rule, high level, of course,” he said.

According to him, any clear time frame within which the appointment should take place, no.

“No, no there’s no deadline. While it is not present, to perform duties will be his first Deputy,” — said Ordzhonikidze. At the same time, he said he did not remember the case when the first Deputy permanent representative and then was appointed to this position.

“I have these precedents do not remember. In the Russian practice, in the Soviet and I do not recall. Usually prescribed from the centre of someone else,” he said.