"Unrealistic" to solve problems with Russia in one meeting - Turkish foreign minister

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Posted: Dec 03, 2015 1:09 PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday it would be unrealistic to expect all problems to be solved with Russia after a single meeting, but it was important to maintain open communication channels, state broadcaster TRT reported Thursday, following the Turkish downing last week of a Russian jet.

Mevlut Cavusoglu met Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of an international meeting in Belgrade, in the first high level face-to-face contact since the incident, which has seen Moscow announce a raft of punitive sanctions in response.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, writing by Jonny Hogg)