The government said Tuesday that it will maintain sanctions on Russia while working in tandem with other Group of Seven nations as the war in Ukraine is set to enter its seventh month with no end in sight.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who attended a meeting of ministers and senior ministry officials virtually as he has contracted COVID-19, instructed them to craft measures to address rising energy prices prompted by the ongoing war.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference that the meeting was an opportunity for Kishida to share an understanding of the current situation surrounding the war with new Cabinet members who joined in a recent reshuffle.