A Turkish Foreign Ministry official says the Turkish and Russian foreign ministers have met on the sidelines of a European security meeting in Serbia's capital.

Thursday's meeting in Belgrade between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu was the first between the countries senior officials since Turkey downed a Russian plane near its border with Syria, touching off a crisis between the two states that previously enjoyed warm ties.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry official was speaking on condition of anonymity because of government rules that bar officials from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.