Before a NATO conference in Brussels on Thursday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced further spending.
Belgium decided on Thursday to invest an additional billion euros on its defense forces, on top of the ten billion euros ($10.98 billion) previously promised, Belgian daily l’Echo said, citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the catalyst. Before a NATO conference in Brussels on Thursday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced further spending. As Russia’s attack on its neighbor enters its second month, Western leaders will agree to reinforce their troops in Eastern Europe and enhance military assistance to Ukraine. According to the publication, the new Belgian expenditures seek to strengthen defenses by 2030, including creating a cybersecurity section in the army, replacing fuel and ammunition inventories, materials and services, and enhancing intelligence and communication networks.