Iran is expected to supply Russia with “hundreds” of drones, some of which will be able to carry weapons for use in the conflict in Ukraine. Iran is also preparing to train Russian forces on operating these drones as early as July.

The Iranian government is preparing to supply Russia with up to several hundred unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including UAVs that can carry weapons on a shortened timetable, according to the intelligence report by US Officials to the White House.

“Our information further indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use these UAVs, with initial training session slated for as soon as early July. It’s unclear whether Iran has delivered any of these UAVs to Russia already,” Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor, remarked to the media at the press conference held at the White House on Monday.

The information that Sullivan relayed to journalists was based on “intelligence” that was just made public, according to a representative for the White House National Security Council who talked to the media organization.

According to Sullivan, the intelligence report said it was unclear whether Iran had handed any of the drones to Russia at this point. However, he observed that Houthi rebels in Yemen had already utilized Iran’s drones to carry out attacks on Saudi Arabia, the report revealed.

However, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister, Nasser Kanaani, did not refute the assertion made by the US. Instead, Kanaani said in a statement, “Iran’s cooperation with Russia in some sophisticated technologies dates to before the Russia-Ukraine war.”

The fact that Iran is providing the drones, according to Sullivan’s argument, is evidence that Russia’s strikes against Ukraine over the last week are occurring at the “severe” expense of diminishing Russia’s domestic weapons stockpile.

A day before US President Joe Biden was slated to make his inaugural trip to the Middle East since taking office, including trips to Israel and Saudi Arabia, news broke that Iran had furnished Russia with drones. It is anticipated that the operations of Iran in the area and its nuclear program would be a primary focus of the diplomatic conversation.