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Turkish, Russian officials to discuss solution for Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Konstantin palace outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. President Erdogan travels to Russia to meet with President Putin for the first time since apologizing in late June for the downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border in November last year. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Konstantin palace outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. President Erdogan travels to Russia to meet with President Putin for the first time since apologizing in late June for the downing of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border in November last year. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish foreign ministry, military and intelligence officials will travel to Russia for discussions on finding a solution to the Syria conflict.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu Agency that the delegation would head for Russia on Wednesday. The meeting will be followed by talks by higher level officials, he said.

The announcement came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russia's Vladimir Putin for their first meeting since the countries agreed to mend relations soured by Turkey's downing of a Russian plane in November.

Cavusoglu denied that Erdogan's visit to St. Petersburg was intended to send a message to Turkey's allies in the West, which Ankara accuses of not showing Turkey sufficient support since last month's failed coup.