Diplomats: 'House of Cards' can't film at UN

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright seen at Netflix 'House of Cards' Los Angeles Season 2 Special Screening, on Thursday, Feb, 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
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Writer Beau Willimon, from left, Netflix's Ted Sarandos, actress Robin Wright, actor Kevin Spacey and Netflix's Cindy Holland, arrive at a special screening for season 2 of "House of Cards", on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Diplomats say Russia has refused to allow the U.S. television series "House of Cards" to film in the U.N. Security Council chamber.

The show's producers approached the United Nations, and the 15 council members were asked whether they would allow the use of the chamber when the council wasn't in session, but Russia said "no," the diplomats said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.

France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters Wednesday: "It's disappointing for you, I guess, because you wanted to see the actors." The Washington-based series stars Kevin Spacey as conniving politician Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife.

"It's reassuring because I think the actors would have seemed so much more elegant than we are, you know," Araud said, laughing.

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