Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased in new York, Russia’s permanent envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin, as well as the staff of the Ministry of foreign Affairs. The President “appreciated the professionalism and diplomatic skill” Churkin, said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
“The President learned with deep regret of the death of Vitaly Churkin. The head of state appreciated the professionalism and diplomatic skill Churkin” — quoted Peskov, “RIA Novosti”.
Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergei Ryabkov said that Churkin was irreplaceable as the “voice of Russia” in the UN and the “character of Russian foreign policy”. “Churkin was like the rock against which the attempts of our enemies to undermine what is the glory of Russia,” said Ryabkov TASS.
The Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei chepa said that Churkin “has done a lot for the last time.” “Recently, when the Duma was the Minister (of foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov), I spoke, I asked him to mark it (Churkin) for such a great job. This load was probably on the person,” said Chepe, “RIA Novosti”.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, a political scientist at Stanford University, Michael McFaul, in a conversation with noted that the Russian Ambassador used “great respect the American diplomatic community”, despite the contradictions between Russia and the Obama administration (for the presidency which had the main time of work Churkin at the UN).
“Churkin was an excellent diplomat, incredibly skilled at his job. It’s a terrible tragedy that his life ended at such an early stage of his career,” said the former Ambassador . According to him, Churkin extremely professionally and efficiently carry out the foreign policy of Russia.
Former Deputy UN Secretary-General (2002-2011) in conversation with Sergei Ordzhonikidze said that the work of the Russia’s permanent representative to the UN is “work wear”. “It is necessary to inform the capital about the position of other countries, to make proposals on what line we continue to lead on a particular issue. Given the time difference (8 hours) it’s especially hard to do. This work is related to the incredible stress. Of course, this undermined the health of Vitaly Ivanovich”, – said Ordzhonikidze. According to him, on a personal level Churkin was “cute and cuddly”. “The man who has deeply studied the question of UN activities. Enjoyed great respect among his colleagues in the United Nations,” said Ordzhonikidze.
Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called Churkin “Maestro in the field of diplomacy.” The diplomat was doing “everything possible” to overcome the differences between the US and Russia.
“Absolutely devastated by the news of the passing of my friend and colleague Vitaly Churkin. He was an outstanding diplomat and an amazing person. Rest in peace,” tweeted the British permanent representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft.
Acting head a press-services of US state Department mark Toner called the “sad news” reports of the death of Churkin. The official reaction of the state Department will publish later, he said.
The Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko also expressed condolences and said that the death Churkin gave him a shock.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov hopes that the experience Churkin will be an example for young diplomats who will be able to continue his work. “Gone from the life of a great diplomat, a patriot, a citizen of our country, who defended the interests of Russia in the most important international platform like UN. He did this brilliantly, using deep knowledge of the subject, oratory and the understanding of responsibility for every word,” — said Ozerov (quoted by “Interfax”).
Vitaly Churkin died in new York on Monday, February 20. The cause of death of 64-year-old diplomat is still unknown. According to sources, the New York Post, Churkin was delivered Monday morning in Presvitersky hospital due to “heart problems”.