The day before his 65th birthday Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin suddenly died in New York, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The New York Post, citing its own sources informs that Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin died after suffering heart arrest.

According to the sources, around 9:30 am local time (16:30 in Kyiv) Churkin complained of heart problems. The diplomat lost consciousness and needed emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was urgently hospitalized. He was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m., sources added.

Vitaly Churkin, worked in the diplomatic service since 1974, since 2006 he held the post of Russia's ambassador to the UN.

February 21 he was to turn 65 years old.

At the UN Vitaly Churkin defended Russia's position in the conflict with Ukraine, justified the annexation of the Crimea and denied the presence of Russian troops in Donbas.

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