U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Russia is trying to receive “hundreds” of armed drones from Iran to continue war in Ukraine.
Salivan said that Islamic Republic of Iran is preparing to send “hundreds” of unmanned aerial vehicles, including weapons-capable drones, for use in its ongoing war in Ukraine.
“Our information indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline,” he told reporters Monday.
U.S. National Security Adviser said it was unclear whether Iran had already provided any of the unmanned systems to Russia, but said the U.S. has “information” that indicates Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use them as soon as this month.
According to Sullivan, this was evidence that Russia’s bombardments of Ukraine, which have helped it consolidate gains in the east of the country recently, were “coming at a cost to the sustainment of its own weapons.”
Iran has already provided Houthi movement in Yemen with such supplies, and using such drones Houthis have targeted several infrastructures in UAE and Saudi Arabia.