MEP: Harmony pact with Putin's party could fix troubled ties

The Harmony party’s cooperation agreement with Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party could be a deadlock-breaking factor in relations with Moscow, member of the European Parliament (MEP) Andrejs Mamikins (Harmony) told news wire BNS Friday.

After requesting a copy of the agreement from the Harmony leadership, Mamikins read it through and found “there’s nothing specific in there.”

“It’s all about world peace,” he said.

“We also have a cooperation agreement with China’s Communist Party. According to that deal we mutually include and count each other’s membership. I believe it’s important to cooperate with all possible sides and maybe, when there’s a total deadlock in relations with Russia, either bilaterally or between the EU and Moscow, this agreement will work out as helpful in the end,” the MEP suggested.

At the same time he admitted that Harmony might actually have more in common with the party Spravedlyivaya Rossiya (Just Russia), being closer to its professed social democratic ideals. Mamikins also pointed out that there are no activities whatsoever going on under the framework of the cooperation agreement.

“When I asked my fellow party members, among them Nils Ušakovs – really, are there consultations going on? Are we going to Moscow? Not once (has it happened),” claimed Mamikins.

Moreover, the fact that Harmony didn’t withdraw from the controversial agreement amidst  the Ukraine crisis only shows that the party has “principles and a backbone” and that voters could draw their own conclusions about the cooperation agreement between the leftist opposition group and Russia’s ruling party.

Asked about the possible breaking of the agreement, Mamikins was convinced it wouldn’t help Harmony possibly get into Latvia’s ruling coalition government, as the parties in it would nevertheless “shut them out”.

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