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    The West turns a blind eye to the use of chemical landmines by the Islamic State in Syria, Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of Russia's Foreign Ministry Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia raised these issues at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN Security Council but have failed to "receive a meaningful reaction so far," the Russian diplomat told RIA Novosti.

    "It feels like our Western partners are ready to turn a blind eye to such facts because they spoil the comfortable picture of the state of affairs, according to which all the responsibility for the criminal offenses lies with the Damascus authorities, and everybody else is innocent."

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    "As far as I understand, there are grounds to say with confidence that the Islamic State uses chlorine-containing landmines and use them for military purposes," Ulyanov said.

    ISIL jihadist group is one of the numerous opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad's government since the start of the Syrian Civil War in March 2011.

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