Dailies on Wednesday cover Turkey's shooting down a Russian warplane that violated its airspace


World Bulletin / News Desk

All Turkish dailies Wednesday devoted their front pages to the country's new cabinet and Turkey's having downed a Russian warplane which the military said violated Turkish airspace.

"Limit of patience," was HABER TURK's headline.

Two Russian warplanes violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday, disregarding warnings, the paper said.

A pair of Turkish F-16s on patrol along the Syrian border engaged two Russian jets before shooting one down after the warnings.

"We made 10 warnings," was the headline on VATAN, which wrote that the two Russian warplanes approached Turkish airspace in the Yayladagi region. The Turkish authorities warned the planes via an emergency channel to immediately change their headings.

Ten warnings were issued during a five-minute period, the paper said.

Both planes ignored these warnings and violated Turkish national airspace, MILLIYET published.

The paper said one of the planes left Turkish airspace after the violation and that the other one was fired upon by Turkish F-16s performing air combat patrolling in that area.

The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that the F-16s' response was in line with rules of engagement.

CUMHURIYET said the plane crashed in Kizildag (Jebel al-Ahmar in Arabic) - a strategic part of the predominantly Turkmen town of Bayirbucak in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province.

The pilots ejected before the aircraft hit the ground, the paper wrote.

According to SABAH, Turkmens may be keeping the missing pilots in captivity, while HURRIYET quotes a Turkmen commander, Alpaslan Celik, as saying the pilots were shot dead while in the air.

News over the pilots’ fate is not clear, AKSAM says, adding that one of them was confirmed dead by Russian authorities.

"Russia has crossed the line," was STAR's headline. This is the third such violation by Russia, the paper said.

Russian warplanes previously violated Turkish airspace twice in October. The incidents came within a few days of the start of Russia’s air campaign in Syria on Sept. 30 and led to international condemnation.

"This time the rules of engagement were applied," the paper wrote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted that the plane was outside of Turkish airspace when it was brought down, HURRIYET wrote.

"This tragic event will bear serious consequences for Turkish-Russian relations," the paper cited Putin as saying.

“We were stabbed in the back by the accomplices of terrorists. It is impossible to explain what happened today in other words,” Putin added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov canceled a planned visit to Turkey, CUMHURIYET wrote. He also advised Russians not to travel to Turkey, the paper claimed.

U.S. President Barack Obama, on the other hand, asserted Turkey’s right to self-defense, MILLIYET wrote.

The paper quoted Obama as saying Tuesday: “Turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its airspace.”

According to SABAH, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that everyone “should respect Turkey’s right to protect its own borders".

“This incident happened within the framework of the rules of engagement that Turkey had already announced,” Erdogan said, adding: “No one should have any doubt that we have done our best to avoid this incident.”

In other news, papers reported that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new Cabinet on Tuesday, following a meeting with Erdogan.

"The new cabinet reflects Turkey completely," HABER TURK quoted Davutoglu as saying in Ankara.

There are two female ministers in the new cabinet, AKSAM wrote. Sema Ramazanoglu is the Minister of Family and Social Policies and Fatma Guldemet Sari is the Minister of Environment and Urban Planning.

The paper also said that the number of deputy prime ministers has been increased to five from four.

The youngest is Berat Albayrak, 37, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, SABAH published.

He is relatively a new member of parliament from the Justice and Development (AK) Party, STAR said, adding that he is also the son-in-law of President Erdogan.

HURRIYET wrote that former deputy prime minister in charge of the economy, Ali Babacan, is not in the new cabinet.

Babacan was replaced by former finance minister Mehmet Simsek, financial paper DUNYA reported.

The paper covers a call by Turkish business representatives for the government to "focus on action immediately".

"We need significant structural reform in the basic growing policy for a boom in the economy," the paper quotes Mustafa Koca, chairman of ASKON Anatolian Businessmen Association, saying.

"We have lost one year," says Huseyin Cetin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TASD Footwear Industrialists Association of Turkey. "We are expecting that the new cabinet led by Davutoglu sets to work losing no time." 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2015, 12:59