April 26, 1987
Syrian President Hafez Assad, ending a three-day visit to the Soviet Union, received strong assurances of increased military support from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Syria already owes an estimated $8 billion to the Soviet Union for military hardware. In a joint statement, the two leaders also said they approved of efforts by factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization to close ranks after a four-year rift.
January 15, 1987
The Soviet Union has recently supplied Syria with its most modern fighter plane and for the first time with submarines, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. Quoting intelligence sources, the newspaper said that the first shipment of Soviet MIG-31 jets recently arrived in Syria. Israeli Vice Adm. Abraham Ben-Shussan told reporters that the Damascus regime also has received new submarines from Moscow, Syria's first.