Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has been Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations since 2006.

Previously he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).

Ambassador Churkin holds a Ph.D. in history and is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.