Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (L) and Baykar Makina’s General Manager Haluk Bayraktar at Baykar Makina’s R&D and production facilities, Ankara, Turkey, June 7, 2021

Latvia has signaled it could be the second European Union and NATO member state to acquire Turkish armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have scored high-profile successes in the field, following last month’s purchase by Poland.

A delegation led by the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks arrived Monday in Turkey to discuss further cooperation in defense and the development of their military industry.

The delegation paid a visit to Turkish drone magnate Baykar Makina’s research and development (R&D) and production facilities in the capital, Ankara.

“Turkish industry has the highest world standards in research and development, and we value that very much as an ally in NATO,”

Pabriks said, replying to a tweet by Baykar that included a photo of the officials standing in front of the Bayraktar TB2 combat drone.

In a reply to a tweet that asked

“When can we expect Bayraktar TB2 to say ‘I am in Latvia’ (Es esmu Latvija)?” Pabriks wrote: “Hopefully soon enough.”

A message by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu Tuesday further boosted these prospects.

Çavuşoğlu met Pabriks at the ministry headquarters to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation opportunities in the defense industry.

“Will develop our cooperation with Latvia, our 2nd #NATO ally that shows interest in our UAV technology,” Çavuşoğlu tweeted following the meeting.

Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

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