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Russian ambassador to the UN dies suddenly in New York

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin addresses members of the U.N. Security Council during a meeting about the Ukraine situation, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin addresses members of the U.N. Security Council during a meeting about the Ukraine situation, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
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Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The 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.

The United Nations said it was "shocked" by the sudden death and has extended its condolences to Moscow, TASS news agency cited a representative for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Russian news agencies said President Vladamir Putin was deeply upset to learn of the death.

Dmitry Peskov said: "The head of state highly valued Churkin's professionalism and diplomatic talent."

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