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Large U.S. banking institutions described lower exposure to Russia in the 1st quarter, as Western
nations imposed sanctions on some of the country's citizens and firms in reaction to its seizure of
Ukraine's Crimean peninsula. Throughout the very first quarter, Financial institution of America
Corp reduce its net publicity to Russia by 22 % to $5.2 billion, most of which was in the kind of
loans to Russian strength firms and banking institutions, the firm mentioned in a Thursday filing
with the U.S. Securities and Trade Commission. "The scenario stays fluid with likely for further
escalation of geopolitical tensions, elevated severity of sanctions against Russian passions, and
possible Russian counter-sanctions," the 2nd biggest U.S. bank stated in its filing. JPMorgan
Chase & Co's exposure to Russia declined by 13 % to $4.seven billion, putting it outside the
company's list of its leading twenty nation exposures, the lender explained on Friday in a quarterly
submitting with the SEC. Citigroup Inc's exposure to Russia declined by eight.seven percent to
$9.four billion during the a few months by way of the finish of March, in accordance to a Friday
quarterly filing with the SEC. In the very same period of time, the Russian ruble depreciated
eight.3 percent against the U.S. greenback and an index of Russian shares fell 9 p.c, Citigroup
mentioned. The Intercontinental Monetary Fund on Wednesday slashed its forecast for Russia's
2014 GDP development from one.3 p.c to .2 p.c, citing Ukraine-connected sanctions as a danger
element. JPMorgan explained it was carefully checking the impact of any current and potential
sanctions as properly as achievable contagion outcomes or likely credit downgrades that could
impact other components of the bank's organization. U.S. President Barack Obama and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday of additional sanctions towards Russia if it interferes
with Ukraine's prepared May twenty five elections.