Moscow regrets London's refusal to decorate WWII Arctic convoy veterans with Russian medal

Moscow regrets the UK authorities' refusal to allow UK participants in the Arctic convoys of World War II to be decorated with Russia's Ushakov medals for technical reasons.

"Such a decision causes our deep regret," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"In our opinion, such a formal approach cannot serve as a reason for refusal to recognize the heroic merits of veterans of the British convoys," the ministry said.

Moscow is particularly saddened by the UK authorities' refusal because Ushakov medals were earlier presented to Arctic convoy participants from other member countries of the Anti-Hitler Coalition.

"We hope that the British authorities will be able to rise above the bureaucratic formalities and reconsider their position, especially as hope for a positive decision endured for all these months of preparatory work, which included clarifying the lists of veterans," the ministry said.

The Russian president's decree was published in spring, decorating a large group of U.S., Australian and New Zealand citizens who took part in the WWII Arctic convoys with Ushakov medals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed hope then that the UK and Canadian authorities would allow Moscow to present these medals to their countries' WWII veterans as well.

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