Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has sent condolences to the bereaved family of Vitaly Churkin, former Russia ambassador to UN who breathed his last in New York yesterday.
“Heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and country, of long-time #Russia Amb. to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin! RIP, dedicated diplomat!” said Mushikiwabo in a tweet.
The Rwanda’s ambassador to Belgium, Olivier Nduhungirehe has also expressed sympathy over the death of late Vitaly Churkin saying that he learnt a lot from him in UN Security Council.
He has died one day before celebrating 65 years.
According to reports, Vitaly Churkin collapsed after a heart attack at work.
CNN has reported that the latter was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he died.
Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin was born in Moscow on 21st February 1952. He spoke fluently Russian, French and English.
Churkin served as Russia’s ambassador to Belgium between (1994- 1998) and Canada (1998 -2003). From 2003 to 2006 he was ambassador with special duties in the ministry of foreign affairs before he replaced Andrey Denisov as Russia ambassador to UN on1ST May 2006.