Ankara said it is ready to engage in dialogue with Athens, which is fuming over Turkey’s natural resource exploration mission in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, contested by the two NATO allies.

Speaking during a news conference on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara has always been ready for negotiations and blamed Athens for the lack of any meaningful talks between the two countries.

“If you are open to solving our existing issues through dialogue, we have always been open [to it],” Cavusoglu stated. “Unfortunately, because our calls have not been heeded… we took the necessary steps in the field and at the table.”

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