The Iranian government is reportedly preparing to send weaponry to Russia to support the invasion of Ukraine, including “several hundred” drones, and plans to begin training the Russian military in the use of its new weapons in early July.
The National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, gave the information this Monday in a press conference in which he also assured that Ukraine would be able to defend its territory with sufficient support from Western-allied countries.
“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 told reporters, adding that it is unclear whether Iran has already delivered any of these drones to Russia.
Sullivan expressed concern that the Russian government is looking to countries such as Iran for strike capabilities similar to those used in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia, prior to a cease-fire agreement.
“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 added.
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Sullivan’s comments come a week ahead of President Biden’s scheduled trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, where Iran will be a major focus.