Redcar MP Ian Swales is pressing the Prime Minister over the Ministry of Defence's decision not to allow Russia to award a prestigious medal to a group of World War Two veterans.
The Russian Government wants to award the Ushakov Medal to the so-called Arctic Convoy veterans, one of whom is John Ramsey from Teesside.
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