"He was an outstanding diplomat and a wonderful person," "was a kind of phenomenon," "master of diplomacy." Diplomats and politicians shocked by the sudden death of the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin. Even those with whom he was arguing fiercely in the hall of the Security Council, his Western opponents, is now recognized that "devastated" and that he was a "friend".
On Monday in New York, he died Russia's permanent representative to the UN Security Council, Vitaly Churkin. "The outstanding Russian diplomat died on your post", - said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Former Deputy UN Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze called the cause of sudden death - heart failure. "Tension severe, permanent hard work. In stressful situations, the man was "- he said. New York Post also wrote that Churkin had died due to heart problems. According to the newspaper, Churkin was in the Russian embassy, when about 09.30 local time he was having pain in my heart. He was taken to New York Presbyterian hospital in an unconscious state, but it could not be saved.
Deputy Pyotr Ilyich Churkin said that he remained in his job until the last moment, he devoted his life to protect the interests of Russia, was at the forefront of the most and the most stressful positions. "I Died a prominent diplomat, a fine man, a teacher." "It is so it will remain forever in our memory," - quoted Ilicheva RIA "Novosti".
Condolences to the family and friends Churkin, as well as the Foreign Ministry staff expressed by President Vladimir Putin. As the press-secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, Putin highly appreciated the professionalism and diplomatic skills Churkin, learned of his death with sadness. Foreign Ministry officials also expressed deep condolences to the families and friends Churkin. "The great diplomat. Extraordinary personality. Bright people. We have lost a loved one, "- wrote the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on his page on the social network" Facebook ".
"He quickly came up"
One of Churkin's predecessors in the post of the United Nations - the former permanent representative of the USSR to the United Nations and the UN Security Council and former Deputy Foreign Minister of the USSR Alexander Belonogov - confessed to the newspaper VIEW: he is deeply shocked - as apparently most of Russian diplomats.
"I remember very well with Vitaly 1980-ies. In those years, I worked as the permanent representative of the USSR in the UN, and Churkin worked in our embassy spokesperson. Deeply impressed me is how free and easy he appeared on American television channels. Before Churkin it was not accepted. He was a pioneer in this field. He became the first in the history of the Soviet Embassy press secretary, extremely popular in the US media, "- says diplomat.
"Later, in Moscow, when I worked as deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of the ministry board meeting, I said that in each of our embassy must have its Churkin. Vitaly was a kind of phenomenon. It is perfectly fit into the overall work of the Foreign Ministry, quickly went up, "- he added.
Belonogov recalls how later Churkin succeeded him as ambassador in Canada. "Then, when he was transferred to New York as Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, I was not at all surprised at this," the diplomat said: so he was there in his place. "This is a very difficult, responsible, I would say," nervous "work. The UN is a place where the permanent representative of our country is in constant siege of journalists. I experienced it on my own. For 10 years, Vitaliy Ivanovich adequately represented our country in the UN, "he explained. Belonogov admits that he could not help admiring Churkin's personality and professional qualities and deeply mourns his untimely death.
"This is a very big loss. Churkin was an outstanding diplomat and a wonderful person, which effectively represented Russia at the United Nations - said the newspaper VIEW former Soviet dissident, now - the president of the Center of national interests in Washington, Dimitri Simes. - He knew how to be tough and hard, creating the impression of a diplomat, ready to embark on a debate, but always shared work and emotions. I had a good working relationship with the UN, with whom all can work. Again, this is a great loss to all who knew him, the Russian diplomacy and the United Nations. "
Vitaly Churkin was certainly one of the most powerful Russian diplomats, said Ren TV of the Federation Council member Alexei Pushkov. "We are proud of him when they saw his speech to the UN Security Council, when they saw him not bend before the attacks of our enemies, who tried to create a united front against Russia in the UN. It saw the whole country. The bright memory of him, he will remain forever in the first positions in the history of our diplomacy, "- said Pushkov.
Mourns the death of Vitaly Churkin, and the first president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev: "I knew him as a rather sober person, a big diplomat, politician and present the Russians", - quotes its Newsru.com.
Even ardent opponent Churkin, whose quarrel with his Russian counterpart took place in front of the press, Samantha Power wrote in her Twitter: «desolate passing of Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin in UNPO. The master of diplomacy and a very caring person who did everything he could to overcome the differences between the US and Russia. " Another of his former opponent - former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul - Churkin called one of the most talented Russian diplomats.
On the death of ambassador it was announced at the UN meeting. The representative of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said that he was shocked, and expressed his condolences to the family of a diplomat and the Russian government. In turn, the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the UN Churkin called Matthew Rycroft diplomatic giant, and a wonderful person. "It is absolutely devastated by the news of the death of my friend and colleague Vitaly Churkin. (...) Rest in peace, "- he wrote on Twitter.
She passed away on the eve of the birthday
21 February Vitaly Churkin had to be fulfilled 65 years. He was born in 1952, in Moscow. In 13-year-old starred in the film - in the first film Novels about Lenin "Mother's Heart," directed by Mark Donskoy, even earlier - in the movies "Blue Notebook» (1963) and "Three Zero» (1964).
In 1974 year Churkin graduated from MGIMO, in the same year began his career as a diplomat. In 1989-1990 years was Press Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, with 1990-1991 years. - The head of the information department of the Foreign Ministry.
In 1992 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, in this post he served until 1994 years. In his role as Deputy Foreign Minister Churkin for the first time in the history of Russian and Soviet diplomacy began to hold regular open briefings for foreign journalists in which he good English answered the questions of Western journalists.
In 1994-1998 years. was Russia's ambassador to Belgium and permanent representative of Russia to NATO. In 1998-2003 years. - Russian Ambassador to Canada. From June to April 2003 2006 years - Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Churkin served as Russia's ambassador to the UN in April 8 2008 years. During his work at the UN, he firmly defended Russia's position, repeatedly used the veto.
Candidate of Historical Sciences. Command of English, French and Mongolian. Vitaly Churkin, was married, he had a son and a daughter.