World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the postponement of Russian president's visit in Turkey had no connection with the interception of a Syrian passenger plane which was forced to land in the Turkish capital on suspicions of weapons and military equipment on board.
"The postponement of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit in Turkey has nothing to do with any crisis. The visit will take place in the weeks to come. The interception of the [Syrian] plane has no dimension that might affect Turkish- Russian relations," Davutoglu told private Turkish broadcaster TGRT.
Putin was set to pay a visit to Turkey on October 14-15.
An Airbus A320 of the Syrian Air travelling from Moscow was intercepted by two Turkish F-16 warplanes as it entered the Turkish airspace and it was escorted to land at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport.
Turkish authorities confiscated part of the cargo aboard the Syrian airliner for examination before letting the plane take off.
It is currently unclear if current President Abdullah Gul will seek re-election or if he will make way for PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek presidency.
Prime Minister Erdogan said during the 12 years of his party's rule the economy was never negatively affected by the elections.
Historians should explore the "Armenian genocide claims", not politicians, said Cemil Cicek.
Deputy PM Besir Atalay said the new standing committee of Parliament will also monitor police and para-military intelligence bodies.
Turkey and Twitter have recently been on unfriendly terms due to the popular microblogging site's failure to implement Turkish court decisions that ordered the removal of certain web links on the grounds of privacy violations.
Two gunmen on motorcycle open fire at former MP Yildiz's car, wounding him and his son, while one attacker dies and other arrested.
Turkish FM Davutoglu earlier said Turkey remained faithful to the Montreux Convention that regulates the passage of vessels at Turkish Straits.
Turkish dailies covered Tuesday the visit of Twitter executives to Turkey to discuss legal obligations, the visit to headquarters of ruling AK Party by the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, and pro-Russian rebels defying Ukrainian government deadline in eastern Ukraine.
Flights between Istanbul and Simferopol are to remain cancelled till June 26.
A Turkish court decided on the release of six detained police officers.
Around 70% of the tunnel is already complete, and will take about a year and a half to be opened to the public.
Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal.
Turkey's minister to the EU hopes 2014 will see progression in Turkey's accession to the EU.
Turkey and Singapore have expanded their bilateral air services and flight agreement.
Turkish dailies on Monday mainly cover latest developments in Ukraine, Turkey’s PM's speech on the Holy Birth Week of Prophet Muhammad, the probe on defamation against wiretapping case judges and the second tube tunnel project beneath the Istanbul Strait.
Foreign Minister Davutoglu says Montreux Convention is vitally important for stability in Black Sea and security of Istanbul and straits.