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Ukraine’s envoy to UN forced to stonewall statement on Churkin — Lavrov

February 21, 14:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Vitaly Churkin passed away on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday
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A portrait of Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin

A portrait of Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin

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MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN apparently received orders to block the adoption of a statement by the chair of the UN Security Council devoted to late Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"I have almost no doubt that the permanent representative (of Ukraine) would have not decided to play such a trick," Lavrov said. "This means that he had been ordered to do that," he said, adding that Moscow has got accustomed to this Kiev’s behavior.

Ukraine’s authorities take no measures when neo-Nazis on TV and social networks and in the streets call for brutal action against Russians and are glad when some of those who protect the Russian language and culture in Ukraine are killed or die, he said.

"People who want to help the Ukrainian state establish a normal life receive threats," Lavrov stressed. "This is wild and inhuman, but this is not surprising for Ukraine," he said.

Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova earlier wrote on Facebook that Kiev had blocked the adoption of a statement by the chair of the UN Security Council devoted to Vitaly Churkin, who died on Monday.

Vitaly Churkin passed away on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday. 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 at his place of work.

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