Party proposes "anti-Kremlin" political agreement ahead of election

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Ahead of October 6 general elections in Latvia, the "New Unity" (formerly known as Unity) political party has invited other political parties to sign a memorandum containing an undertaking not to cooperate with "pro-Kremlin parties".

New Unity sent what it called "similar-minded political forces" an invitation to sign the memorandum: the New Conservative Party, the National Alliance, the Union of Greens and Farmers, For Development/For! bloc, the Progressives, the Latvian Alliance of Regions and the KPV LV party.

Notable by their omission were the opposition Harmony party and the For Latvia From The Heart party, and while that would seem to imply they were the targets of the pre-election stunt, nor did New Unity actually name them as "pro-Kremlin parties".

"The internal political developments in Latvia in the recent weeks and the pre-election activities by certain parties can only be construed as Russia's obvious attempt to split the Euro-Atlantic community. Should the pro-Kremlin forces take power in Latvia, it will mean a shift in the foreign policy and will drive a wedge into the unity of Baltic states and Nordic countries," said Arvils Ašeradens, the chairman of the New Unity party.

He said that the centrist democrats and the nationalist conservatives should realize the seriousness of the situation and take at least the minimum action by agreeing "not to cooperate with the pro-Kremlin parties and their satellites in the Latvian politics," though hitherto there has been relatively little evidence of the parties named doing so.

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