Iran to Send ‘Several Hundred’ Drones to Russia, U.S. Says

United States National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the Iranian government is preparing to send “several hundred” drones to Russia.

“Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred [unmanned aerial vehicles], including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline,” Sullivan said at a White House press briefing on July 11.

It was unclear if Iran has already delivered any of the UAVs, Sullivan said.

“This is just one example of how Russia is looking to countries like Iran for capabilities,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan added that Iran will train Russian forces on how to use the weapons as early as this month.

“We will continue to do our part to help sustain the effective defense of Ukraine and to help the Ukrainians show that the Russian effort to try to wipe Ukraine off the map cannot succeed,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan made the announcement ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week.

Biden is expected to hold discussions with key allies in the Middle East on a unified regional policy toward Iran.

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