JPMorgan finds itself in the middle of a political war zone

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The bank is accused of making an 'absolutely unacceptable, illegal and absurd decision'.

JPMorgan blocked a payment involving a Russian embassy, a decision described as “illegal and absurd” by the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

Bloomberg reports that the bank thwarted a remittance from the Russian embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan, to Sogaz Insurance Group 'under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the United States', the ministry said Tuesday in a statement on its website. Sogaz lists OAO Bank Rossiya, a St. Petersburg-based lender facing U.S. sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis, as a strategic partner on its website.

Interfering with the transaction was an 'absolutely unacceptable, illegal and absurd decision', Alexander Lukashevich, a ministry spokesman, said in the statement.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced the action against Bank Rossiya last month as part of a broadening of sanctions that targeted government officials and allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose associates own Rossiya. The embassy’s transaction was for less than $5,000 dollars, a person with knowledge of the dispute said, asking not to be identified because such transfers aren’t public.

'Any hostile actions against the Russian diplomatic mission are not only a grossest violation of international law, but are also fraught with countermeasures that unavoidably will affect activities of the embassy and consulates of the U.S. in Russia', Lukashevich said.

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