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The Wall Street Journal: Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the U.N., dies

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Vitaly Churkin speaks at the UN Security Council in Dec. 31, 2016.

UNITED NATIONS—Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died unexpectedly Monday, according to an announcement at the U.N. and Russia media reports.

Churkin died a day before his 65th birthday and had served as Russia’s ambassador to the U.N. since 2006. He was a colorful character and a skilled diplomat, often delivering passionate speeches at the Security Council that were critical of U.S. foreign policy.

Diplomats said Mr. Churkin died of cardiac arrest Monday morning. The news was announced at a General Assembly meeting around midday, where Russian representatives expressed their shock and grief.

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