Syrian President Assad’s visit to Russia dominates front pages of Turkish dailies on Thursday


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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s unexpected visit to Russia dominated the front pages of Turkish dailies on Thursday.

“Assad surprise in Moscow,” was MILLIYET’s title, saying : “As the world discusses the transition period in Syria, Assad meets [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met late Tuesday his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

MILLIYET said Assad’s visit to Russia showed the Syrian leader’s increased confidence after Moscow’s military intervention in the five-year-old Syrian civil war.

Russia began carrying out airstrikes in Syria in September while Iran has provided ground troops to back Assad’s regime.

At least 250,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in 2011, with 7.6 million internally displaced and more than 4 million having fled abroad.

“Kremlin hosted Assad,” was HURRIYET’s title, reporting that the Syrian leader made his first official foreign trip since the conflict erupted.

HURRIYET claimed Assad boarded a Russian cargo plane IL-62 to travel to Moscow. The plane flew over Iraq, Iran and Armenia to reach Russian soil, according to the daily.

“[Assad] thanked his savior,” was VATAN’s title while YENI SAFAK wrote “Putin’s last trick”.

Following Assad’s visit to Moscow, Putin phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to provide details regarding Assad's visit.

“Don’t deal with PYD,” was SABAH’s title, claiming that Erdogan warned the Russian leader that the relation between both countries would be “damaged” should Moscow work with the PYD (Kurdish Democratic Union Party) in Syria.

Turkey considers the PYD a Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK organization, which renewed its armed attacks against Turkish security forces this summer.

“If you work with the terrorist organization PYD, it means you deal with your ally’s enemy,” Erdogan told Putin, according to SABAH.

HURRIYET said Erdogan told Putin that Turkey feared a new wave of refugee influx as a result of Russian planes hitting Aleppo.

Russian airstrikes since Sept. 30 have been, for the most part, located around the cities of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs -- mainly controlled by opposition forces.

Domestic dailies also reported on the campaign regarding the Nov. 1 early general election.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People’s Party, said he would go to the Presidential Palace to receive the mandate to form a government.

Speaking to HABERTURK, Kilicdaroglu said: “I will go there for my country’s interest.”

Opposition parties have so far shunned visiting the Presidential Palace, arguing that the construction of the palace was illegal.

A fresh general election in Turkey will be held on Nov. 1, nearly five months after an inconclusive election on June 7 saw no party win an overall majority.

“I did not threaten anyone,” was MILLIYET’s title, reporting that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu refuted an interpretation of his “White Toros” remarks during a campaign speech in the eastern province Van on Tuesday.

"If the [Justice and Development] AK Party loses [the general election], this will mark the return of the White Toros," said Davutoglu in Van, referring to a period in Turkey's history, in which numerous murders would go unsolved.

"Everything related to White Toros has ended in Turkey,” Davutoglu later said, according to MILLIYET.

"White Toros were one of the symbols of the nineties. They are associated with unsolved murders. The AK Party ended unsolved murders in this country," Davutoglu added.

In sports news, many dailies reported that the Turkish club Galatasaray defeated Portugal's Benfica 2-1 in its third Champions League group stage game in Istanbul.

“A giant return”, was ZAMAN’s title while HABERTURK wrote “Roared.”

Wednesday's victory marked the Lions’ first win in the Champions League since December 2013.

The Istanbul club is currently third in Group C having lost to Spain's Atletico Madrid and drawn against Kazakhstan’s Astana in its first two matches.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ekim 2015, 11:39