The United States has warned that Iran plans to provide Russia with potentially hundreds of drones for its assault on Ukraine.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said it was unclear whether Iran had already provided any of the unmanned systems to Russia, but said the US has “information” that indicates Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use them as soon as this month.

“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.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has said Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Iran’s capital, Tehran, on 19 July. He is expected to meet Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan for peace talks on Syria.

Israel to send more supplies to Ukraine

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved a new shipment of defensive aid to Ukraine’s emergency services as Russia’s invasion presses on.

The latest aid package will include 1,500 helmets, 1,500 protective vests, hundreds of mine protection suits, 1,000 gas masks and dozens of hazmat filtration systems, according to Gantz’s office.

The protective equipment will be transferred to the country in the coming weeks, the Defense Ministry said.

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