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Russia won't let House of Cards shoot at the United Nations

For once, Frank Underwood will not get what he wants.

Russia's United Nations reps on Tuesday nixed a request from House of Cards to film a couple of episodes inside the international body's Security Council chamber, according to Foreign Policy. The reason: Russia wanted the space to remain available in case of emergency.

"We are of [the] opinion that the Security Council premises should be available at any time and on short notice," a Russian diplomat said in an email obtained by Foreign Policy. "Besides that, we consistently insist that the Security Council premises are not an appropriate place for filming, staging, etc."

It's still possible House of Cards could shoot in another part of the U.N. Or, failing that, the writers could just work this setback into a future implausible script.