NATO's top soldier says Trump comments play into hands of Putin

SINGAPORE - NATO's top military officer, General Petr Pavel, denounced US presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the alliance as obsolete and said such comments played to the hands of its opponents.
In unusual criticism of a presidential candidate, Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said in an interview that Russian "President (Vladimir) Putin and some others may be pleased by this approach."
"To take such an approach would be a great mistake," he said.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee in the Nov. 8 US presidential election, has criticized the decades-old NATO alliance with mainly European nations - a cornerstone of US foreign policy - as obsolete and too costly for the United States.
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