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Ramil Safarov is part of a big game of the Azeri-Turkish authorities, a game where he is doomed to die, Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, hero of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, said during a press- conference on Tuesday.
"The Azeri authorities are seeking to start a new war in Nagorno- Karabakh, and Safarov is just a tool for attaining this goal. The Azeris have set Safarov free with a view to get rid of him later and to blame the Armenians for his death," Ter-Tadevosyan said.
He said that a regime needs three components for being able to start a new war: a strong army, people's confidence and their readiness for war.
"Safarov is supposed to ensure the last two: by bringing him back President Aliyev has gained people's confidence and by killing him he will ensure their readiness for war. He will just have first to kill Safarov and then to say that he was killed by the Armenians. That will be a signal for a new war," Ter-Tadevosyan said.
He urged the Armenian authorities to prevent these plans as they will lead to a war. "If the war happens, we will win it, but even bad peace is always better than war," Ter-Tadevosyan said.