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Russian UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin dies ‘unexpectedly’

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Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has died on Monday morning, Russian news agency Interfax is reporting

Churkin was at the Russian embassy on East 67th Street when he became sick with a “cardiac condition” around 9:30 am, sources told the New York Post.

Russian foreign ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was deeply upset to learn of the death of Churkin, Russian news agencies cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Monday.

“The head of state highly valued Churkin's professionalism and diplomatic talent,” Peskov said.