FILE - This is a Wednesday, May 4, 2005 file photo of British World War II veteran, participant of Arctic convoys, Raymond Ball, left speaks with Russian veterans Anatoly Uvarov, cente

 

              FILE - This is a Wednesday, May 4, 2005 file photo of  British World War II veteran, participant of Arctic convoys, Raymond Ball, left speaks with Russian veterans Anatoly Uvarov, cente
FILE - This is a Wednesday, May 4, 2005 file photo of British World War II veteran, participant of Arctic convoys, Raymond Ball, left speaks with Russian veterans Anatoly Uvarov, center, and Anatoly Livshits in St.Petersburg, Russia, Dozens of British and Russian sailors of the Arctic convoys that dodged German U-boats to bring supplies to the Soviet Union during World War II gathered in St. Petersburg Wednesday to trade memories and mark the anniversary of the Allied victory of the Nazis. Thousands of British veterans who sailed on Arctic convoys to support the Russian war effort have been told they cannot collect bravery medals. Those who took part have now been offered Ushakov medals by the Russian government to recognise their extreme courage. But they have been told by Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Monday Jan. 14, 2013 that accepting the medals would break rules in this country.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)