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UK won't let British veterans accept Russian medal

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2013 at 10:39 am •  Published: January 14, 2013
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Brookes also feels the government should have allowed the men to receive the Ushakov Medal. She said about 400 are still alive.

"We think they should be allowed to wear it," she said. "We support any recognition for these brave men, they fought so hard, and many gave the ultimate sacrifice."

She said the Russian government had periodically honored the Arctic convoy veterans from Britain and other nations.

In a statement, Britain's Foreign Office said it very much appreciates the Russian government's wish to recognize the veterans. It said, however, that the rules on accepting foreign awards are clear.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced last month a medal will be created and awarded to veterans who were active on the convoys.

But Clarke frets that many veterans will pass away while the details are worked out.

"He's taken an awful long time," he said. "There aren't many of us left."