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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    African American music, history, and culture celebration--937
    Cabinet meeting--934
         Memorial Day ceremony in Colleville-sur-Mer--926
         Sainte Mere Eglise Church in Sainte Mere Eglise--926
    Italy, NATO-Russia Council meeting, opening session in Rome--928, 
    Radio address--911
        Freedom of religion, remarks following tour of Choral Synagogue 
            in St. Petersburg--918
        St. Petersburg State University, question-and-answer session 
            with students in St. Petersburg--913

 Communications to Congress

    Department of Defense budget amendment, letter transmitting--934
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and
          Montenegro), national emergency
         Letter on continuation--932
         Letter transmitting report--933
    Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act, letter on designations--939

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance to East Timor, memorandum--930
    Provision of $25.5 Million To Support a Train and Equip Program in 
        Georgia, memorandum--936

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Cabinet Room--934
         Rome, Italy--928
         St. Petersburg, Russia--911, 918
    News conference with President Jacques Chirac of France in Paris, 
        May 26--920

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    France, President Chirac--920, 926
    Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--930
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization
         NATO-Russia Council--930
         Secretary General Lord Robertson--928, 930
    Russia, President Putin--911, 913, 930


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)--931


     Black Music Month--938
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on May 31, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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Statements by the President

    Elliot Richardson Prize recipients, congratulating--933
    Florida's environment, announcing agreements to preserve--933

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--941
    Checklist of White House press releases--941
    Digest of other White House announcements--940
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--941

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Week Ending Friday, May 31, 2002
The President's Radio Address

May 25, 2002

    Good morning. As you hear this, I am in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 
the middle of a 7-day trip to Europe. I've come to Europe to reaffirm 
our close ties with important allies, to talk about the next stages of 
the war on terror, and to open a new chapter in our relationship with 
    In this last century, the conflicts of Europe led to war and 
suffering for America. Today, Europe is growing in unity and peace, and 
that benefits our country. The nations of the European Union have made 
strong contributions to the war on terror. And the volume of our annual 
trade and investment relationship is nearly $2 trillion, helping 
workers, consumers, and families on both continents.
    Germany, which I visited earlier this week, has emerged from a 
troubled history to become a force for good. German police and 
intelligence officials are helping in the war on terror. In Afghanistan, 
German troops have served and died beside our own. Speaking in Berlin, I 
thanked the German people for their support and sacrifice and talked 
about the challenges that still lie ahead.
    Here in Russia, President Putin and I are putting the old rivalries 
of our Nation firmly behind us with a new treaty that reduces our 
nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in decades. After years of 
planning for war, Russia and the United States are building a friendship 
based on shared interests, fighting terrorism, and expanding our trade 
relationship. After centuries of isolation and suspicion, Russia is 
finding its place in the family of Europe, and that is truly historic.
    The partnership of America and Russia will continue to grow based on 
the foundation of freedom and the values--the democratic values we hold 
dear. Free nations are more peaceful nations, and the spread of liberty 
strengthens America.
    On the rest of my trip, I'll travel to Paris and then to Normandy, 
France, for Memorial Day, to honor the soldiers who in 1944 gave their 
lives so that America, France, and all of Europe could one day live in 
peace and freedom. I will visit Rome for a summit that will forge new 
ties between the NATO Alliance and Russia. I'll meet with the Holy 
Father, Pope John Paul II, whose message of peace and social justice is 
particularly urgent at this time.
    In two World Wars, the New World came to the rescue of the Old, and 
America became a European power. Now this continent is closer to being 
whole, free, and at peace than any time in its history. We must finish 
this job, inviting a new Russia to be our full partner. And together, we 
must face the challenges of the world beyond Europe and America, 
terrorism, poverty, and evil regimes seeking terrible weapons. Europe 
and America share common dangers and common values. We have the 
opportunity and the duty to build a world that is safer and better.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 8:55 a.m. on May 24 at the Marriott 
Grand Hotel in Moscow, Russia, for domestic broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on 
May 25. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on May 24 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. 
The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language 
transcript of this address.

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Exchange With Reporters During a Tour of the State Hermitage Museum in 
St. Petersburg, Russia

May 25, 2002

President's Visit to Russia

    Q. Mr. President, allow me to ask you--[inaudible]--summarize 
results of your--[inaudible]. And the second part of that question, the 
expectation of the Moscow summit--how do you think----

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    President Bush. Well, first, the hospitality has been magnificent. 
The time we spent last night with the Putins in their beautiful home was 
very relaxing for Laura and me. It gave us a great chance to see how the 
Putins live, a very good sense of their values. I think the thing that 
struck me the most was how they have raised their daughters. They've got 
two beautiful daughters who are incredibly talented young ladies. It is 
clear their mom and dad love them a lot, and that was impressive to 
Laura and me.
    The other good piece of news is, I got to go actually run outside--
[laughter]--which is a difficult thing for me to do when I'm on the road 
and in Washington as well. I ran on beautiful grounds; it's such a 
spectacular piece of property. And then we had a wonderful breakfast--
special Russian foods. It's been a wonderful, relaxing experience.
    I was very touched that the President took time yesterday, after 
going to the Kremlin--after going to Red Square, to take us to his 
office. And I thought it was a great personal touch; that was important, 
to see the private side of this man's life. It meant a lot.
    Secondly, I think the summit was--met expectations; it met my 
expectations. I hope it met the President's expectations. We not only 
signed a very important treaty; we signed a--you know, a very important 
protocol of how our relations ought to go forward, and I'm really glad 
that--I'm glad that all the hard work on both sides has paid off. And 
this will be good for the Russian people; this agreement will be good 
for the people of Russia; and it'll be good for the people of America.
    You know, at the St. Petersburg cemetery today, the lady who gave us 
a tour spoke about peace and how it was important for everybody who 
walked those hallowed grounds to remember the ravages of war and to 
remember the importance of peace. And I explained to her that this visit 
was a visit of peace, where we cast aside the old ways of suspicion and 
now embrace peace.
    Sorry about the interpreter. [Laughter]
    Q. [Inaudible]--interpretation.
    President Bush. Okay. Well, good luck. [Laughter]

[At this point, a question was asked in Russian, and no translation was 

    President Vladimir Putin of Russia. As far as the staying of Mr. 
President and his wife in our home yesterday, I would like you to know 
two things. For one thing, our personal relations to--have been greatly 
strengthened. They're very happy to know that I'm dealing with very 
honest and upward and straight people. That is one.
    And then there is something else, which is by no means a political 
thing. Yesterday, when we had our dinner and I was treating my guests, 
of course, to the Russian caviar, and I told him how some of the caviar 
is produced. The experts would take the fish and open up the fish and 
then take the caviar and then throw out the fish again--and throw it 
back into the water. [Laughter] Everybody was laughing, thinking that I 
was really inventing things on the spot, something really improbable. 
[Laughter] But I was trying to convince them--I was really trying to 
tell them that I was telling the truth; that's how we treated the 
environment. [Laughter]
    The Secretary of State, the Russian Foreign Minister, Dr. Rice, Mr. 

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