G7 foreign ministers agree on continued support for Ukraine

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations have expressed concern over Russia's move to call up reservists for its military campaign in Ukraine. They also confirmed their continued support for Ukraine.

The ministers met on Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

They voiced serious concern over Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial military mobilization of reservists and a threat to use nuclear weapons.

The ministers also confirmed joint efforts to ensure stable energy and food supplies.

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa said Japan is planning new sanctions against Russia by expanding the export ban to military-related organizations.

Hayashi added that Japan will host a G7 foreign ministers' meeting from April 16 to 18 next year at the resort town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture. The G7 summit will be held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima next May.

Hayashi told reporters that the ministers also exchanged views on regional situations in China and the Indo-Pacific, and confirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Hayashi said the G7 will continue to closely work together to ensure regional and global peace and stability.