UNITED NATIONS – Russia's U.

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ambassador says he never complained to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about criticism of Donald Trump because he wasn't aware that the Republican presidential candidate had been the target of criticism by the U.

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human rights chief.

The Associated Press on Friday quoted three diplomats familiar with the conversation as saying that Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin angrily protested two speeches by the U.

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denouncing "demagogues" and specifically targeting Trump and several populist European leaders.

Churkin told reporters Monday that he had received one paragraph of instructions from Moscow to tell Ban that Zeid "went too far" in his public remarks about some government officials in Europe.

Churkin said he delivered the formal complaint during a meeting with Ban but never read Zeid's statements beforehand and had no idea that Trump was even mentioned.