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Wall Street leaders including Lloyd Blankfein and James Gorman, who have courted business in Vladimir Putin's Russia, are facing a dilemma as tensions over Ukraine escalate.Their scheduled attendance at Putin's annual investor showcase in St. Petersburg in May is in doubt as sanctions imposed by the U.S. in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea – and retaliatory moves by Putin – threaten the ties between Russia's leader and businesses including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley. U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday added to the list of Russians targeted by financial sanctions and a June Group of Eight meeting in Russia was scrapped.At stake are investments made over years and sometimes decades by global companies in Russia, where economic growth had until recently outstripped the U.S.The bank ranks fourth among foreign retail banks in Russia, with more than 1 million clients.HSBC Holdings Plc, Barclays Plc, Morgan Stanley and Banco Santander SA are among international lenders that have abandoned consumer banking in Russia in recent years in the face of dominant local banks like OAO Sberbank and VTB Group, the two largest Russian lenders.
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