Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant is also expected to join the ministers on Thursday via videoconference to discuss Hamas’ large-scale attack on Israel last weekend and its consequences.
Local media also report that Zelenskiy is expected to attend a meeting of the “Ukraine Defense Contact Group” with NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg and to meet the Belgian government followed by a press conference.
After Spain, Belgium will hold the European Union’s rotating presidency for six months starting Jan 1 2024.
In the Contact Group, officials were expected to focus on helping Ukraine prepare for winter with more air defence systems to fend off Russian attacks on energy infrastructure and more ammunition to ensure Ukrainian forces can sustain their counter-offensive.
Diplomats expect U.S. officials such as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Air Force General Charles Q. Brown, the new top U.S. military officer, to try to reassure NATO allies and Ukraine that Washington will continue to provide support to Kyiv despite aid being held up by infighting in the U.S. Congress.