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Published On: Fri, Feb 24th, 2017

Russia Appoints Pyotr Ilyichev as Acting UN Ambassador – Moscow Bids Last Farewell to Churkin

nsnbc : Russia appointed First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Pyotr Ilyichev  as acting Permanent Representative to the organization after the unexpected death of Vitaly Churkin.

Russian UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin (archives)

Russian UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin (archives)

The announcement about Ilychev’s appointment for the post of Russia’s top-diplomat came on Friday, February 24, as Russia prepares to say a last farewell to Vitaly Churkin. Ilyichev’s appointment was announced by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The foreign ministry announced that “Pyotr Ilyichev has become acting Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.”

Ilyichev will head Russia’s diplomatic mission until the appointment of the new Permanent Representative

The late Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin died on February 20, one day shy of his 65th birthday, in New York City. Churkin reportedly fell ill with heart problems and was brough to hospital where he died.

Moscow bids a last farewell to Churkin today - Memorable moments - US' UN Evoy Samatha Power, here "havin a word with Churkin" at the Security Council. (Microphone off)

Moscow bids a last farewell to Churkin today – Memorable moments – US’ UN Envoy Samatha Power, here “having a word with Churkin” at the Security Council. (Microphone off)

He had been Russia’s UN ambassador since April 8, 2006, representing the country in the United Nations Security Council. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the ambassador died while on duty.

Churkin was known for his charm and diplomatic skills, but also for a sense of tragic comedy in politics and diplomacy; a talent that earned him the respect and sympathies even of not-so-friendly Powers including US Un Ambassador Samantha Power.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council observed a minute of silence for Churkin, and the General Assembly will hold a special meeting in the coming days to pay tribute to him. The final farewell ceremony for Churkin will take place in Moscow on February 24.

F/AK – nsnbc 24.02.2017

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