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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE DAILY PRESS BRIEFING DPB #84 MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2000, 12:45 P.M. (ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED) QUESTION: The Russian submarine disaster and the way the Russian government handled the rescue operation, does the State Department have any opinion - I'm sure you're sad to see these sailors perish. But has the State Department got any reflections on how the Russian government handled the matter and will it have any effect on US-Russian relations? MR. BOUCHER: I don't have any reflections or conclusions on US-Russian relations at this point. We have tried to work with the Russians through NATO allies and, as you know, NATO allies have been out there helping them. It is a very deep tragedy; a terrible situation, particularly for the families of those involved. But, beyond that, I don't think we need to have any further comment at this stage. (The briefing concluded at 1:15 p.m.)