Elksnin acknowledged that the agreement between "Consent" and "United Russia" is still in effect and called it "our soft power in Russia":
"With his help we support our businesses [involved] in Russia and protect the interests of our country. (..) Unfortunately, after the entry into force of amendments, all members "Consent", who supports the Treaty, will fall under action of article of the Criminal law as participants and collaborators", — quotes the words of the policy lsm.lv.
Earlier the leader of "Consent", the mayor of Riga nil Ushakov said that the agreement with "United Russia", favorable from the state perspective. He called the Treaty a tool for maintaining dialogue with Moscow: "We see what is happening between the EU and Russia, so leave the opportunity to maintain a dialogue".
Ushakov said that in Russia there is no other party that can cooperate.
"Whatever the attitude to Russia, at the state level we have an Embassy, support liaison, we are trading, there are economic and cultural ties. In turn, we as a party take the opportunity to liaise on inter-party level. This helps us maintain a dialogue in difficult times. It's not optional. If we refused, it could be equated to the decision to close the Latvian Embassy in Moscow," he explained.
A cooperation agreement between "the consent Center" and "United Russia" was signed in 2009.