Thursday’s newspapers mainly cover the Turkish president's remarks over Russia plus a Turkish scientist’s Nobel Prize


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Newspapers on Thursday mainly dedicated their front-page headlines to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks over Russia after recent airstrikes, plus Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar's Nobel Prize award for chemistry.

HABERTURK ran with the headline: “I will not ring Putin again,” referring to Erdogan’s remarks that he delivered to reporters on his way to an official visit to Japan on Wednesday. 

In response to a question if Turkey would speak to Russia after airspace violations and airstrikes in Syria, Erdogan said: “I spoke to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin after the airstrikes started. Following the phone call, there has been another violation. We are surely offended [to Russia] because of what happened. Under these circumstances, there is no sense in calling Putin again.”

Russia began air operations in Syria on Sept. 30 after receiving parliamentary approval. The Kremlin claimed the airstrikes, which followed a military build-up in Syria, aimed at supporting the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, a long-standing Russian ally, against ISIL.

However, Turkey and the West have accused Russia of targeting moderate fighters opposed to Assad, many of which are supported by Turkey and the U.S.

Meanwhile, there have been two incursions by Russian aircraft into Turkish airspace, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each time Turkish F-16 jets intercepted the Russian fighters forcing them to turn back. Turkey has formally protested against the incursions.

The incident drew worldwide criticism, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg calling it a violation that "does not look like an accident".

HURRIYET’s headline read: “We’ve been offended by Russia” while STAR wrote: “It is nonsense to call Putin.”

MILLIYET focused on Erdogan’s remarks over the Akkuyu nuclear plant, planned to be built by the Turkish subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The daily ran the front-page headline: “Anybody else will build Akkuyu.”

“We could buy the natural gas from somewhere else. Losing Turkey would a big loss for Russia," Erdogan said, adding: "If Russians do not build Akkuyu, anybody else will do it."

Turkey is 60 percent dependent on Russian gas and has a deal with Moscow until 2021. Estimated to cost around $20 billion, the Akkuyu nuclear reactor was planned to be operational by 2020.

Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar’s Nobel Prize award in chemistry was also covered by many newspapers.

STAR headlined: “2nd Turk for Nobel,” reporting that after Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, Sancar has been the second Turk to have been awarded the Nobel.

Dr. Aziz Sancar, of the University of North Carolina in the U.S., was honored alongside Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich, according to the Nobel committee’s website.

Sancar, who is from Savar town in Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province, was awarded for his work in mapping the cells that repair ultraviolet damage to DNA.

“Our chemistry has been restored,” was VATAN’s front-page headline. The daily said: “After news on martyrs [mainly in eastern Turkey] and Syria tension, finally we got good news. Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar was awarded the Nobel in chemistry.”

Over the award, CUMHURIYET’s headline read: “He woke up to Nobel,” while HABERTURK wrote: “He restored our DNA.”

In economic news, DUNYA used the headline: “British Rolls-Royce has come [to Turkey] for ‘domestic car.’”

The newspaper reported that technology of the “domestic car” will be developed in a center jointly established by the Rolls Royce and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

Rolls Royce will play a role in producing the domestic car’s engine and main pieces, the newspaper added. The report came after Technology Minister Fikri Isik announced on Tuesday that Turkey advanced at full speed to launch the country's first domestic electric car.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ekim 2015, 11:51