The head of the IAAF taskforce set up to determine whether Russia's ban from global track and field should be lifted says the country is making efforts to reform after its doping scandal.

Russia was suspended by the IAAF from international competition, including the Olympics, in November after a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel detailed a state-sponsored doping program.

Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen, who heads the IAAF taskforce, held meetings Monday and Tuesday in Moscow with Russian government and sports officials.

Andersen tells The Associated Press that "the Russians have recognized that there is an issue, a problem, and they are trying to fix it."

He adds that "several" more meetings are planned with "our Russian friends" before the taskforce reports back to the International Association of Athletics Federations in March.