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Samantha Power commentes on Vitaly Churkin's death
09:41, 21 February 2017
Samantha Power commentes on Vitaly Churkin's death

"Diplomatic maestro and deeply caring man," - Power about Churkin

09:41, 21 February 2017

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power commented on the death of the Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin. The remarkable fact is that the diplomats had intransigent attitudes on Ukrainian issue, they have repeatedly argued bitterly.

As it was reported earlier, Vitaly Churkin, the Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, died in New York a day before his 65th anniversary on Monday.  

Churkin was a fierce defender of his country's policies, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its much-criticized bombing last year of the Syrian city of Aleppo to oust rebels opposed to President Bashar Al-Assad.

Related: Lavrov called claims of Russia’s involvement in Montenegro coup unfounded

During the presidential election, Churkin raised eyebrows by lodging a complaint about a U.N. official's criticism of Donald Trump.

It's not clear whether Trump was aware that Churkin rose to his defense, but the Senate and House Intelligence committees are both investigating possible Russian interference in the presidential election.

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