2017-02-21 14:25:00

Lavrov on Kiev's decision to block the UN Security Council's statement on the death of Churkin: it's not Christian

Moscow, February 21, Interfax - The Ukrainian envoy to the United Nations must have been ordered to block the UN Security Council's formal statement on the death of his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"I practically have no doubt that the envoy would not dare to do so at his sole discretion, which means he received the order. This is definitely not Christian. This is actually beyond good and evil. Yet the incumbent Ukrainian authorities have taught us this is how some people in their country feel about the Russians, including those unwilling to dance to the tune of neo-Nazis," Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with his Swedish counterpart on Tuesday.

Vitaly Churkin was born on February 21, 1952. He had been Russia's envoy to the UN since April 8, 2006. Churkin died in New York on February 20, a day before his 65th birthday.