UNITED STATES: According to a US official, Iran intends to give Russia hundreds of drones, some of which will be equipped for combat, for use in its conflict with Ukraine.
Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser at the White House, stated that the information obtained by the US suggested that Iran was getting ready to train Russian forces to use drones.
He noted that it was unknown if Iran had already supplied them.
Drones have played an integral part in the war for both Ukraine and Russia.
Ukraine only recently requested donations of thousands of drones to support its military operations.
They are used by both sides to locate the enemy’s positions and to assist in aiming and adjusting their own artillery fire at a target.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, is scheduled to visit Tehran, the capital of Iran, on July 19. For peace talks on Syria, he is anticipated to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Ebrahim Raisi of Iran.
Sullivan added that US intelligence confirmed the idea that Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine was “comprising a cost to the maintenance of its own armaments.”
He also noted that the Houthi rebels in Yemen have previously attacked Saudi Arabia using Iranian drones.
Prior to this week’s trips to Israel and Saudi Arabia by US Vice President Joe Biden, he made these remarks. As of now, no nation has joined the sanctions against Russia because of its conflict in Ukraine.
Iran, which demands Israel’s destruction, is viewed by Israel as its worst regional danger.
Since the incursion in February, the US and its allies have sent Ukraine weapons worth billions of dollars.
Sullivan said the US would continue to “sustain the effective defence of Ukraine”.