Funeral ceremony for Vitaly Churkin scheduled for February 24 in Moscow

Posted February 25, 2017

Churkin died in a NY hospital on Monday, one day short of his 65th birthday. Trump said he was saddened by Churkin's unexpected demise and that he was an accomplished diplomat who worked alongside his USA counterparts in NY for more than a decade.

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The United Nations is where ambassadors can stand out and actually become media stars. He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body. Mourners including the Russian foreign minister on Friday brought flowers to Vitaly Churkin's casket in an elaborate state funeral on Moscow's outskirts.

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In a statement, the US President offered the condolences of the American people to the Russian people and government. In his words, he knew Churkin back from the years of joint work in the Soviet foreign ministry.

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"We must do everything to immortalize our friend". "He was a bright diplomat, a bright man". Churkin countered that Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration, which Power served in, was "desperately" searching for scapegoats for its failures in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The U.N. General Assembly will schedule a special meeting to pay tribute to him. "He is an outstanding example of a diplomat", Liu said. He was Russian ambassador to Canada from 1998 to 2003, and to Belgium from 1994 to 1998. At the time, he looked in good health, reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky tweeted Monday.