My final goal is to get country borders from OSM via Overpass API. I know my country's relation object id - http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/59065 - and can get its details with the following query:

out body;

The relation members list contains ways (which comprise the country border) as well as some other nodes and relations. How can I filter relation members to leave only way elements?

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You cannot reduce the output of the relation itself (it will always include all elements). However, you can specify to only return ways, which are included in a relation:

out geom;

Try it in overpass turbo: http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/c0l and press "Run"

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    What about only polygons of a relation?
    – Vanuan
    Feb 22, 2016 at 3:28

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