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Wednesday's papers mainly cover President Erdogan's congratulatory message to Vladimir Putin for Russia Day

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Turkish newspapers on Wednesday mainly covered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's congratulatory message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia Day.

MILLIYET covered the story with the headline: "Two letters to Russia," referring to letters from both Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

According to the daily, President Erdogan passed along greetings to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to mark Russia’s national day, despite the tension between the two countries following the downing of a Russian fighter jet last November after it violated Turkish airspace.

Yildirim wished health and prosperity to all Russian people in his letter, the daily said.

According to the daily, Yildirim also expressed hope that cooperation and ties between the two countries reach a necessary level for the two nations' common goals.

Other dailies also devoted their front pages to the same story.

"First contact," was VATAN's headline, while STAR wrote: "First contact with Russia."

President Erdogan's visit to Turkish soldiers, affectionately known as "Mehmetcik," in southeastern Turkey's Mardin province to share a fast-breaking (iftar) dinner was also covered by Turkish dailies.

VATAN ran the headline: "Surprise iftar".

According to the daily, Erdogan went to Mardin with Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.

Erdogan shared his fast with soldiers and spoke with their families on the phone.

Mardin is among the southeastern Turkish provinces that have seen heightened PKK activity since the group – listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and EU – resumed its armed campaign in July last year.

During that period, around 500 security personnel have been martyred and more than 5,000 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

HABER TURK used the headline: "Iftar with Mehmetcik in Mardin.”

The daily said Erdogan was accompanied by Akar and commanders during his visit to the 70th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Command in Mardin.

Erdogan had a souvenir photograph taken with the soldiers, the daily added.

YENI SAFAK also covered the same story with the headline: "Iftar with Mehmetcik."

Papers also covered the presidential system dispute between the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

MILLIYET used the headline: "American-style presidential system is possible."

According to the daily, at his party's parliamentary group meeting in Ankara, Yildirim said the AK Party is ready to accept CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's suggestion to change the current parliamentary system to an American-style presidential system.

Yildirim said last week in a televised interview that Kilicdaroglu had said if the AK Party wants to bring a presidential system like the one in the U.S., we are ready for it, according to the daily.

Yildirim said the AK Party would prefer a Turkish-style presidential system but that it could accept an American-style presidential system as well.

The AK Party has been pushing for a new constitution that would change Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential model.

A presidential system is opposed by the three opposition parties in parliament, and the AK Party lacks the votes in parliament to either force through constitutional changes or stage a referendum on the issue.

ainly covered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's congratulatory message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of Russia Day.

MILLIYET cover the story with the headline: "Two letters to Russia."

According to the daily, President Erdogan passed along greetings to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to commemorate the National Day of the country, despite the tension between the two countries.

Following the downing of a Russian fighter jet on Nov. 24 after it had violated Turkish

Prime Minister Yildirim wished health and prosperity to all Russian people in his letter, the daily said.

According to the daily Yildirim also hoped that the cooperation and relations between the two countries to reach a necessary level for the two nation's common goals.

The other dailies also devoted their front page to the same story.

"First contact," was VATAN's headline while STAR wrote: "First contact with Russia."

President Erdogan's visit Turkish soldiers -- who are called "Mehmetcik" (means "little Mehmet") in southeast Turkey's Mardin province share a fast-breaking (iftar) dinner with them was also covered by the Turkish dailies.

VATAN ran with the headline: "Suprise iftar."

According to the daily Erdogan went to Mardin province with Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.

Erdogan shared his fast with the soldiers in the province and talked with the soldier's families on the phone.

Mardin is among southeastern Turkish provinces that have seen heightened PKK activity since the group -- listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July last year.

During that period, around 500 security personnel have been martyred and more than 5,000 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

HABER TURK used the headline: "Iftar with

The daily said Erdogan accompanied by Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and commanders during his visit to Mardin at the 70th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Command.

Erdogan had a souvenir photograph taken with the soldiers, the daily added.

YENI SAFAK also covered the same story with the headline: "Iftar with Mehmetcik."

Presidential system controversy between the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) also covered by the newspapers.

MILLIYET used the headline: "American-style presidential system is possible."

According to the daily Prime Minister Yildirim said AK Party was ready to accept CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's suggest to change the current parliamentarian system to an American-style presidential system, during his party's parliamentary group meeting in Ankara.

Yildirim said last week in a televised interview Kilicdaroglu had said If AK Party wanted to bring a presidential system like the one in the U.S. we were ready for it, according to the daily.

Yildirim said AK Party preferred Turkish-style presidential system but his party could accept the idea of the American-style presidential system as well.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has been pushing for a new constitution that would change Turkey’s parliamentary system for a presidential model.

A presidential system is opposed by the three opposition parties and the AK Party does not have enough votes in parliament to either force through constitutional change or stage a referendum on the issue.


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