NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (Press Shia) – UN Security Council members grieve the sudden death of the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin.

UN Security Council members grieve the sudden death of the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, UN Security Council said in a statement.

“The members of the Security Council were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, prominent Russian diplomat and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, on February 20, 2017,” statement said on Monday.

The members of the Security Council also “expressed their deep condolences to the family of the Ambassador, the Government and the people of the Russian Federation.”

Churkin, 64, who has served as Russia’s Permanent Representative to UN since April, 2006, died in New York on Monday.

SPUTNIK/Press Shia