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DATE=8/14/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U.S. - RUSSIAN SUB (L) NUMBER=2-265462 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=LOS ANGELES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton has been briefed on the plight of the sunken Russian submarine, and the United States is offering Russia help in the recovery effort. U-S officials say there's no indication an American navy vessel collided with the Russian sub. VOA's David Gollust reports from Los Angeles where Mr. Clinton is attending the Democratic national convention. TEXT: The President was briefed on the situation with the submarine, following a telephone conversation between White House National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Sergei Ivanov. Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart says Moscow has been told the United States is prepared to render any help it can in the recovery effort, but thus far there has been no such Russian request: /// LOCKHART ACTUALITY /// We through various channels have made clear to the Russians that any assistance we can offer is available. That offer was reiterated in a previously-scheduled phone call Mr. Berger had with his counterpart Mr. Ivanov. And at this point, there's been no request for our assistance. We are following this closely and if the Russians are in position where they believe we can offer some assistance, we will do that. /// END ACT /// Both Mr. Lockhart and officials at the Pentagon say there is no information to suggest that a U-S submarine or surface vessel had been involved in a collision with the Russian submarine. U-S navy ships routinely monitor Russian naval exercises, and defense officials say an American electronic surveillance ship was operating in or near the Barents sea at the time of the incident - though they say it was far from the area where the submarine went down. It is unclear - as a practical matter - what kind of help the U-S navy could render in this case. The navy has a deep-diving rescue vessel designed to bring the crew of a sunken U-S or allied submarine to the surface - even from depths far below the level where the disabled Russian submarine is reported to be resting. However the system has never been used in an actual rescue situation, and U-S officials say they are unsure whether the hatches of the American undersea vehicle would be compatible with those of a Russian submarine. The system was developed after a U-S nuclear submarine - the Thesher - sank in the North Atlantic in 1963 with the loss of all 129 crewmen aboard. (Signed) NEB/DAG/TVM/KBK 14-Aug-2000 18:21 PM EDT (14-Aug-2000 2221 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .