Albright: 'Vladimir Putin could not dream up a better presidential candidate than Donald Trump'

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Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright blasted Donald Trump on Wednesday over his apparent coziness with Russia.

On a conference call hosted by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, Albright depicted Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, as the pro-Russia candidate.

"Donald Trump, beyond just praising [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, has defended his most unacceptable behavior and proposed a series of pro-Kremlin policies," Albright, who has endorsed Clinton for president, said.

She then ticked off a list of Trump's recent statements to bolster her point, noting that he has suggested he'd be open to easing sanctions on Russia, recognizing the country's annexation of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, and said that Putin is "not going to go into Ukraine."

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WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks before the US Senate Finance Committee on increasing China's access to US markets 09 July in Washington, DC. On the right is US Trade Reppresentative Charlene Barshefsky. AFP PHOTO JOYCE NALTCHAYAN (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED NATIONS,- APRIL 17: US Secretary of State Warren Christopher (R) yawns, 17 April 1995, while US Ambassador Madeleine Albright talks during opening statements at the United Nations Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. US President Bill Clinton has named Albright as his new secretary of state. (Photo credit should read BOB STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright testifies before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Peace Powers Act and the National Security Revitalization Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC 21 March 1995. Albright opposes Republican sponsored legislation to cut US contributions to peacekeeping because it restricts the president's constitutional authority and terminates UN missions in tinderbox regions. (COLOR KEY: Albright wears blue.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 3: In testimony to a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee, US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright warned that unilaterally lifting the arms embargo against Bosnia could invite other countries to violate sanctions placed on Iraq. Albright said that the action creeated 'a real risk that the checks now in place against the resurgence of Saddam Hussein's ambition will weaken or collapse.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED NATIONS, NY - AUGUST 10: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright (R) talks with Dr. Mario Nobilo, the Croatian representative to the United Nations, after the Security Council vote 10 August at UN headquarters in New York. The Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution calling for a cessation of fighting in Krajina. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 15: US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright, comments on the situation in Iraq 14 September during NBC's Meet the Press in Washington DC. Albright said that the US would continue it's policy of containing Iraq. (Photo credit should read RICHARD ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : Secretary of State designate Madeleine Albright listens during her Senate confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington 08 January. Albright, if confirmed, will become the first woman US Secretary of State. (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : First Lady of the US Hillary Rodham Clinton(L) applauds speakers as Secretary of State Madeleine Albright(R) looks on during US State Department Activities to Promote the Advancement of Women program at the State Department in Washington 12 March. The program is to promote the advancement of women and to support the efforts of the global community to protect and promote women's human rights, as well as to address issues of violence against women. AFP PHOTO Chris KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 01: The United States Secretary of State, The Honourable Madeleine Albright, Hongi's (traditional Maori greeting) with Ngati Whatua's (people of the land) Eriapa Uruamo during her welcome to New Zealand at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Saturday, August 1, 1998. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
French President Jacques Chirac (L) kisses US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's hand as he greets her 10 December before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Albright is later to sign a treaty boosting cooperation between France and the United States on legal matters including extradition, French and US officials announced. (Photo credit should read GERARD FOUET/AFP/GettyImages)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright points to a globe during her testimony 10 February to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Albright testified about the State Department budget and other issues. AFP PHOTO Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2nd-L) is embraced by US President Bill Clinton (L) as Organization of African Unity (OAU) Secretary General Salim Salim (R) applauds during the opening plenary session of the US-Africa Ministerial: Partnership for the 21st Century, at the US State Department 16 March 1999 in Washington, DC. The Ministerial is an historic gathering of leaders from 46 countries, and is the largest group of African ministers ever hosted by the United States. AFP PHOTO/Mario TAMA (Photo credit should read MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks to the media 03 June, 1999, at the the State Department in Washington, DC. Albright canceled her two-day trip to Mexico amid hopes of a peace deal to end the Kosovo crisis, the State Department said 03 June, 1999. AFP PHOTO MARIO TAMA (Photo credit should read MARIO TAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Henry Shelton (L) and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) talk as they wait for the arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi during the State arrival ceremonies 03 May 1999 on the South Lawn of the White House. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits between Jordan's King Abdullah II and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as the latter signs on the landmark Palestinian-Israeli agreement late 04 September 1999. While Mubarak hosted the signing ceremony in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Albright and King Abdullah attended as witnesses to the deal which put an end to a 10-month deadlock in the peace process, paving the way for talks on a permanent peace settlement. Also in the background are Israeli Premier Ehud Barak (L) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who signed the revised Wye River agreement. (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) testifies beore the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee 07 October, 1999, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is conducting hearings on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty that is expected to be voted on by the full Senate next week. AFP PHOTO/ Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appears before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee 08 February, 2000 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Albright testified about the fiscal year 2001 State Department budget. AFP PHOTO/ Manny CENETA (Photo credit should read MANNY CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright greets members of the Cabinet and Congress late 27 January 2000 prior to the start of the State of the Union address in Washington, DC. US President Bill Clinton stressed the strength of the US economy during his final State of the Union address. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
371076 02: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses the graduating class of Northeastern University June 17, 2000 at the Fleet Center in Boston MA . (Photo by Darren McCollester/Newsmakers)
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright holds a press conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh 05 October 2000 where she held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Albright said that the meeting of Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Paris has permitted progress in the Middle East, despite the lack of a formal accord. (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 9: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) speaks on NBC's 'Meet the Press' as former U.S. Commander in the Persian Gulf General Norman Achwarzkopf (Ret.) looks on February 9, 2003 during a taping at the NBC studios in Washington, DC. Both guests talked about the situation in Iraq. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Portrait of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright under Bill Clinton's presidency, 16 October 2003 before the taping of an interview on Europe 1, French radio station in Paris. Albright said that US President George W.Bush's foreign policy is not good for America, not good for the world. She heavily criticised the actions of the Repubican leadership that replaced the Democratic administration she worked for, and notably the 'chaos' that reigns in Iraq. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE MULLER (Photo credit should read JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, United States: Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks 29 July, 2004, during the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will close the four-day convention by accepting the nomination for president, setting the stage for a three-month election showdown with US President George W. Bush in the 02 November election. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED NATIONS, UNITED NATIONS: Hernando de Soto (L), founder and president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru, and Madeleine K. Albright (C), former secretary of state of the United States, listen to Ashraf Ghani (2R, facing camera), Dean of Kabul University, speak 20 January, 2006 at UN headquarters in New York, during a meeting of the High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a new independent committee that explores how nations can reduce poverty through reforms that expand access to legal protection. De Soto and Albright are co-chairs of the committee. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee 17 January, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the current situation on the war in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 17: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee January 17, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the current situation on the war in Iraq. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 16: Former U.S. Secretary of State for the Clinton Administration Madeline Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee September 16, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was focused on the considerations for a grand strategy for the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
DENVER - AUGUST 27: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright walks on stage during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 27, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be officially be nominated as the Democratic candidate for U.S. president on the last day of the four-day convention. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 01: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (R) points out landmarks visible from the upper floor of the State Department to Time Magazine managing editor Richard Stengel at the Fortune 500 Forum Dinner at the State Department on December 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. The forum brings together CEOs from major corporations with Washington policymakers to discuss the impact of global issues on major industries. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Fortune Magazine)
Former US President Bill Clinton, flanked by his wife US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her predecessor Madeleine Albright gesture during the state funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague on December 23, 2011. Havel, a dissident and playwright who was the hero of the 1989 Velvet Revolution against communist rule and became his country's first post-independence president, died on December 18, aged 75. World leaders joined Czech dignitaries to pay homage to Havel at his state funeral in the historic Prague cathedral. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Petr David Josek (Photo credit should read Petr David Josek/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Madeleine Albright listen to a speaker after Clinton received the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on December 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 19: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during a discussion at the World Bank February 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Albright participated in a discussion on statecraft and development. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03: Secretary of State John Kerry (3rd L) congratulates former Secretaries of State (L-R) Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the future U.S. Diplomacy Center at the State Department's Harry S. Truman Building September 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. When completed, the Diplomacy Center will be a museum and education center that will 'demonstrate the ways in which diplomacy matters now and has mattered throughout American history.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during the launch of the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, June 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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"He has stoked European disunity, celebrated Brexit, and casually predicted the break-up of the European Union," Albright said. "[H]e even encouraged Russian espionage in a US election."

She continued: "Vladimir Putin could not dream up a better presidential candidate than Donald Trump to help him move his grand vision forward."

Russia watchers and analysts say Putin wants to see Europe fracture to strengthen Russia's position in the geopolitical arena. The future of the EU, which Russia is not a part of, seems less certain now that the UK voted to leave the bloc.

Many experts contend that a fractured Europe would not work in the interest of the US, which counts many EU countries as allies. And while the US has thawed relations with Russia recently, the relationship is still tense as Putin seeks to extend his influence through former Soviet republics and into the Middle East, where the US is also involved militarily.

Albright also slammed Trump for calling the NATO alliance "obsolete."

Trump "has so scared our" allies that Albright "had to have a phone call with Estonian officials in order to make clear that Secretary Clinton was a firm supporter and believer in Article 5 and in NATO," Albright said, referring to the principle of collective defense.

Foreign policy officials from former presidential administrations have expressed similar concerns about Trump.

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