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Russian President Vladimir Putin is traveling to Tehran, Tuesday, for meetings with Iranian and Turkish officers, the Kremlin claimed, soon after warnings from the United States that Iran could deliver Russia with drones for its war in opposition to Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained Putin will attend a trilateral assembly with leaders from Iran and Turkey — the format of conferences for Syria-similar talks.
Though in Tehran, Putin is expected to have a different meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Putin’s pay a visit to to Iran comes after the Biden administration reported Russian officials have visited Iran’s Kashan Airfield on June 8 and July 15.
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White House national stability adviser Jake Sullivan explained the Biden administration had info that indicated the Iranian authorities was preparing to provide Russia with “up to numerous hundred UAVs, including weapons-able UAVs on an expedited timeline.”
UAVs are unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.
“We assess an official Russian delegation not long ago received a showcase of Iranian attack-able UAVs. We are releasing these photographs captured in June demonstrating Iranian UAVs that the Russian government delegation observed that working day,” Sullivan mentioned. “This indicates ongoing Russian interest in acquiring Iranian assault-capable UAVs.”
Sullivan also stated the U.S. understands that the visit in June was the initial time a Russian delegation “has visited this airfield for these types of a showcase.”
But Iran’s International Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said in a cellular phone phone with his Ukrainian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. accusations about Iranian drones being acquired by Russia for war from Ukraine are “baseless.”
“This form of statements parallel with Biden’s check out to occupied Palestine, or Israel, are in course of political intentions and purposes,” Amirabdollahian stated, according Iran’s Overseas Ministry’s web page. “We oppose any go that could guide to continuation and intensifying conflicts.”
Iran has provided UAVs to its Center Eastern allies, and announced Friday its initial naval drone-carrying division in the Indian Ocean.
Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies Behnam Ben Taleblu warned Monday that a increasing Russian-Iranian partnership could necessarily mean “trouble for Washington.”
“Be it drone profits or sanctions busting, Washington wants to expose and sanction the connective nodes amongst Tehran and Moscow,” Taleblu explained to Fox News.
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The U.S. broadened its network of sanctions earlier this thirty day period after Tehran tried to skirt U.S.-sanctioned Iranian petroleum and petrochemical goods by providing the banned merchandise to East Asia.
“Though the leaders are reportedly conference to go over Syria beneath the Astana procedure, what is probably bringing Khamenei, Putin, and Erdogan with each other is their shared interest in routine survival and what the other autocrats can do to assist with that,” Taleblu reported.
Meanwhile, State Department spokesman Ned Cost mentioned Monday that the Biden administration “will proceed to observe extremely carefully all of our sanctions stay in pressure.”
“Any transaction of this form would implicate a variety of the sanctions that we have on the textbooks and presumably a amount of sanctions that nations about the earth have on the textbooks,” Cost reported, regarding the drones. “So this is one thing that we will proceed to check.”
Putin’s stop by to Iran arrives following President Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia. Biden, in Saudi Arabia around the weekend, talked about implementing missile and defense capabilities in the Center East as a counter to Iranian drone and missile attacks.
Neither Saudi Arabia nor Israel have joined international efforts to punish Putin around his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Fox News’ Ben Evansky, Caitlin McFall and The Affiliated Press contributed to this report.