DATE=8/14/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U.S-RUSSIAN SUB (S) NUMBER=2-265458 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 help in the recovery effort. 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 following a telephone conversation -- on the submarine incident and other issues -- between White House National Security Adviser Sandy Berger and his counterpart in Moscow, Sergei Ivanov. Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart says the Russians have been told through various channels that the United States is prepared to render any help it can in the recovery effort: ///LOCKHART ACTUALITY/// 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 survelliance ship was operating in or near the Barents sea at the time of the incident, but was far from the area where the submarine went down. (SIGNED) NEB/DAG/KBK 14-Aug-2000 17:13 PM EDT (14-Aug-2000 2113 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .