Former official U.S. representative to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote an article on the work with his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin, who died 20 Feb. Material published in the newspaper the New York Times.
Power said that during the joint work with the late (in 2013) was, perhaps, the most notable of his opponent. However, it called him a good friend. She stressed that the Russian became the only one of my colleagues at the UN, whom she invited to her house for thanksgiving. During a recent meeting, according to her, she offered Churkin after retirement together, to teach in any educational institution. “I am grief-stricken over his death,” — said the diplomat.
Churkin, according to Power, was a brilliant storyteller with an incredible sense of humor. Their common passion was sport, although preferences were different — the Russians like hockey and tennis, but American prefer baseball, and to convince a colleague that this sport is also interesting, she failed.
Power writes that it was relevant to the merits and advantages Churkin, in particular, the fact that all his achievements are interpreted as concessions to the “Russian aggression”.
Churkin, who worked as a permanent representative to the UN since 2006, died on February 20, the day before your 65th birthday. On 24 February he was buried at Troekurov cemetery in Moscow. His place was temporarily appointed his first Deputy Pyotr Ilyich. He will hold this position until the appointment of a new representative at the world organization.