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    Moscow Concerned About Crisis in Venezuela, Hopes for Resolution

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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow is concerned with the start of the impeachment procedure of Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow is concerned with the situation in Venezuela, where parliament voted to begin the impeachment procedure of country's president Nicolas Maduro, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, the opposition-dominated National assembly voted in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings. On the same day, the Venezuelan opposition-controlled National Assembly also voted for urging Maduro to attend the meeting of the Congress on November 1, where criminal and political responsibility of the president, as well as his resignation are expected to be on top of the agenda.

    "We look at the situation [in Venezuela] with concern, but I must say also with confidence that the Venezuelan leadership and 'healthy' forces of Venezuelan society will find a way to get out of the current crisis without compromising the stability of the country and in compliance with the constitutional framework," Ryabkov told journalists.

    He added that Venezuela is one of the key Russian allies and partners in Latin America.

    Ryabkov noted that Moscow had repeatedly expressed its support for efforts of the former leaders of a number of states to promote national dialogue.

    "We believe that this is the path that one needs to take, in compliance with the constitutional framework, without the destructive interference from the outside, which is absolutely unacceptable, without trying to impose one or another model, which are splitting the society," he stressed.

    "We support the leadership and the people of Venezuela, and express solidarity with them at this difficult time," Ryabkov concluded.

    Relations of Maduro and the parliament have been strained since the election of a new opposition-controlled parliament in January, as the opposition was not in favor of the current leader, in particular, considered the issue of Maduro's impeachment, as well as tried to introduce an amendment to reduce the term of the president from six to four years.


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