On Saturday, CNN citing the US National Security Adviser revealed that members of a delegation from Russia visited the Kashan Air Base at least twice in the past month to inspect IRGC drones capable of carrying weapons.
CNN reported on Saturday, quoting American officials, that during these visits, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officials showed the Russian delegation two drones, both of which can carry precision-guided missiles.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN: “We have information indicating that the Iranian government is preparing to provide several hundred IRGC drones, including weapons-capable drones, to Russia.”
Mr. Sullivan also pointed to the satellite images taken in June, last month, which show the drones shown to the Russian delegation, and said: “This shows Russia’s continued interest in acquiring Iranian drones capable of attack.”
Mr. Sullivan had officially announced less than a week ago that Russia asked Iran to deliver “hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles” to the country to use them in its military offensive against Ukraine.
After the European Union expressed concern about this Russian request, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart on Friday, while denying sending Iranian IRGC drones to Russia to be used in the war against Ukraine, said these statements by Jake Sullivan has been said: “in line with specific political goals and objectives”.
A day ago, Amir Abdollahian emphasized that Iran does not take any side in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has no participation in this war.
Previously, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz also mentioned the Kashan air base as a “key point in the export of Iranian aerial terrorism to the region” and added that the Islamic Republic used this base to teach “how to use and guide drones” to groups He uses his proxy.
The news of the Russian delegation’s trips to Iran to receive war drones was published while US President Joe Biden traveled to the Middle East and the provocative activities of the Islamic Republic in the region were one of the topics discussed during the trip.