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NATO Chief Says Reports Of NSA Surveillance On Allies 'Not Helpful'

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WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The American general who commands NATO forces in Europe says reports of alleged U.S. monitoring of allies' conversations are "not helpful" but have not hurt his ability to work with his military counterparts.

Air Force Gen. Phil Breedlove told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday that whatever damage may have been done to U.S.-European relations as a result of the allegations will be repaired.

Breedlove was in Washington to make a public case for continuing close military ties to the NATO allies in Europe. He said that aside from the reports about U.S. surveillance operations in Europe, there is concern among the allies about talk of a "pivot to Asia" that some see as a sign of loosening U.S. ties to Europe.

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