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U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Virginia Mayo/Pool - RC1EEAB9AB00


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had discussed Russia's violation of an arms control treaty with his NATO counterparts and they were looking at how to bring Moscow into compliance with it.

"We have a firm belief now that the Russians have violated the INF," Mattis said, speaking with reporters during a meeting of NATO defence ministers.

Mattis said there was increasing concern about Russia not living up to the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. He said the aim was for Moscow not to walk away from the treaty, but rather come in compliance with it.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Robin Emmott)

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