Britain has posthumously conferred one of its highest honours, a knighthood, on a former Soviet Marshal who won a crucial victory against Nazi Germany in World War 2.
Britain's Defence Secretary George Robertson conferred the honour to Ivan Konev's widow at a ceremony in Moscow on Tuesday.
Konev was the commander at the Battle of Kursk in 1943 where 100-thousand German soldiers were killed.
Konev, who died in 1973, had been unable to receive the award because of the Cold War.
The British embassy in Moscow played host to a ceremony that was a reminder of relations past and a spur to relations future between Russian and Britain.
It was the posthumous awarding of the Knight Commander of the Order of Bath to Marshal Igor Konev - a Russian commander during World War II.
Although Konev died in 1973 his widow, Antonina and daughter Natalia received the medal in his honour, watched by the present-day head of the military, General Igor Sergeyev.
Only two other Soviet commanders, Marshals Zhukov and Rokossovsky have received similar awards.
Konev was awarded his medal in 1945 but in the immediate aftermath of war, it proved impossible to present it to him in person.
So the British government decided that in the centennial year of his birth it would be fitting to mark the anniversary by presenting the K-C-B to his widow.
Defence Minister George Robertson, said the ceremony was a significant occasion for both countries.
"British-Russian relations, I think, especially with this ceremony have been relaunched with a new vigour, a new determination, and great sincerity and General Sergeyev have struck up an accord between us which I think will be as strong as any be it Prime Minister Blair and President Yeltsin."
SUPER CAPTION:George Robertson, British Defence Minister
The ceremony brought Roberston's visit to Moscow to a close.
Earlier in the day the two countries signed a joint military accord, enabling closer ties between the two naval fleets.