On June 4, 2019, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov and head of the Communist Party faction in the State Duma Gennady Zyuganov received the leadership of the Brazilian Workers’ Party, headed by former President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff.
During the meeting, issues of interstate, inter-parliamentary and inter-party cooperation between the two countries were discussed.
It was noted that Brazil continues to remain the most important Russian partner both on the Latin American continent and in the foreign policy system in general.
At the meeting, it was stressed that Russia and Brazil need to maintain ”the positive attitude that has developed between two countries during the period when the Workers’ Party is in power.“ “We shall pay the great tribute for our good relations to [the ex-president of Brazil, the founder of the party] Lula da Silva and you, Ms. Rousseff. As president, you came to our country and signed a lot of important documents on cooperation in various spheres,” said Ivan Melnikov.
The parties spoke in favor of further full development of cooperation and interaction between Russia and Brazil on a bilateral and multilateral basis, particularly within the BRICS format.
The Russian delegation consisted of Dmitrii Novikov
Dmitrii Georgieviсh , First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, and Maksim Shchablykin Shсhablykin
Maksim Ivanoviсh , member of the State Duma, Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group on Relations with the Parliament of Brazil. The Brazilian delegation included Gleisi Hoffmann, President of the Workers’ Party of Brazil, Party Secretary General and Party Secretary on International Affairs.