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Russia 'blocks House of Cards filming at UN building'

Russia has refused to allow popular political drama House of Cards to film in the UN Security Council.

Russian officials argued that the premises in New York were "not an appropriate place" for filming in case the council needed to convene for unanticipated crises, Foreign Policy reported.

Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix series. Credit: Reuters

British diplomats said the production would help raise awareness of the council and its work, a view that was shared by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

China also expressed doubts over the filming but hinted that it would reconsider if council members were allowed to read the script.

House of Cards has proved incredibly popular with viewers of Netflix, with Kevin Spacey starring as the ruthless Frank Underwood.