According to him, the West uses all means to distort the information about what is happening in the Armed Forces of Russia, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
"We understand that today, NATO has to prove the purpose of its existence. If there were no Ukraine, there would be another reason to try to restrain Russia, in order to find a new enemy and say: "NATO is needed," said Antonov.
According to him, the worsening of political situation in Europe "allows NATO to survive, otherwise, there is no purpose for NATO in Europe."
Antonov added that the statement of the Alliance that Russia had come to the threshold of the NATO countries was an attempt to turn the situation upside down. Meanwhile, he said, Russia calmly responded to the NATO exercises near its borders.