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Moscow hopes that the current political crisis in Brazil will be solved within the constitution and without foreign interference.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow hopes that the political situation in Brazil will be solved in the framework of the constitution and without foreign interference, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
"Russia and Brazil have a strategic partnership and successful experience of long-term cooperation in various multilateral formats: the UN, G20, BRICS. We express hope that any problems that may arise in this politically difficult time for our partner will be solved within the constitutional legal framework, without outside interference," ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Late on Sunday, Brazil's lower house lawmakers voted in favor of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, sending the vote to the upper chamber known as the Federal Senate.
Eighty-one senators will hold an impeachment vote after a special Senate commission is formed within 10 days to assess the legal validity of Rousseff’s dismissal and make a non-binding recommendation.
Rousseff has been facing a wave of public discontent for over a year amid Brazil’s struggling economy and a major corruption scandal in the state-owned Petrobras petroleum company. The opposition has accused the president of corruption and of violating financial rules by manipulating state bank accounts to close budget gaps.
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