Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at Nato, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara, the Russia Today television channel reported Thursday.

In an interview with Sputnik, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia.

Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness shown by Nato to cooperate with Turkey, which is a member of the alliance.

"It seems to us that Nato members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defence industry and strengthen its defence system,” he said in an interview with Sputnik.

“In this sense, if Russia were to treat this with interest, we are ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in this sector," Cavusoglu said when asked about the possibility of working with Russia in the defence sphere.

It is Cavusoglu’s strongest rebuke of Nato to date. In an interview with the Anadolu news agency on August 10, he said that Turkey and Russia would look to establish a joint military, intelligence, and diplomatic mechanism, while adding that relations with Nato were not as satisfactory as he would have wished.

“Turkey wanted to cooperate with Nato members up to this point,” he said. “But the results we got did not satisfy us. Therefore, it is natural to look for other options. But we don’t see this as a move against Nato,” he told Anadolu.