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Azerbaijan's threats that it will shoot down the civil planes that will fly to the Stepanakert Airport are just idle talk, hero of the Nagorno-Karabakh war Arkady
Ter-Tadevosyan told journalists on Friday.
"They will not dare to do it. Otherwise, they will face an appropriate response. Their planes also fly over Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, so, we can also shoot them down. I think these threats are just part of their anti-Armenian propaganda," Ter- Tadevosyan said, adding that he would like to be among the first to
fly to Stepanakert.
The Stepanakert Airport is almost ready and can carry 100 passengers an hour, but Azerbaijan keeps threatening that it will shoot down the planes that will fly to the airport.
Armenia's Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan says that if the airport is opened, the Armenian air defense forces are ready to ensure the safety of its flights.