Vitaly Churkin was a master of diplomacy [fr]
Tribute to V. Churkin - Statement by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - February 21 2017
On behalf of France and on my own behalf, I should like to pay special tribute to our colleague and friend Vitaly Churkin. I should like to convey to his wife, Irina, and to his family our most sincere condolences and our deepest sadness, which I would also convey to all of the Russian Mission.
Vitaly Churkin was an exceptional representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.
Beyond our differences, we always worked in a spirit of mutual respect and personal friendship.
Vitaly Churkin was more than an exceptional diplomat, more than a fearsome negotiator; he was a master of diplomacy. He was one of the most talented diplomats I ever met. We will miss him greatly, and his spirit will remain here in the Security Council with us. I will never forget him.