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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in the Russian city of St Petersburg on August 9, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

The agenda for the talks is expected to include many issues in rebuilding bilateral relations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

The meeting will be the first between Erdogan and Putin since Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border late last year.

That incident sent Russia and Turkey's previously robust relations to an unprecendented low. However, last month Erdogan sent Putin a message expressing remorse for the incident, and the countries have begun to rebuild their ties.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek visited Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich. "We're committed to restoring economic and political ties," Simsek wrote on Twitter.

Russian officials also appear optimistic about rebuilding bilateral ties despite political instability in Turkey following a recent coup against Erdogan and thousands of subsequent arrests.

Relations with Russia have been on a gradual course of improvement since the leadership in Ankara expressed remorse for the November incident, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told dpa last week.

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