MOSCOW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow hopes that London will reverse its decision to deny permission to decorate British subjects who participated in World War II Arctic convoys with the Ushakov medal.
“The British side has notified us of the decision not to give permission to decorate British participants in the Arctic convoys with the Ushakov medal,” the Foreign Ministry said. “The official excuse is there are certain rules establishing a five-year deadline for the right to get foreign awards for services extended to other countries.”
Moscow has described the decision as “deplorable.”
“We believe that such a formalistic argument is not a reason strong enough for denying the recognition of the heroic accomplishments of British veterans of northern convoys,” the Foreign Ministry said. “What makes the decision still more regrettable is the Ushakov medal has already been awarded to other participants in the Arctic convoys in anti-Hitler coalition countries who are still alive today.”
“We do hope that the British authorities will manage to rise above bureaucratic formalities and reconsider their stance,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The more so, since throughout the many months of preparatory work, including the checks of the lists of veterans, there remained hope for a positive decision.”