U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi will co-host an online meeting Tuesday to support Ukraine's energy sector.

The meeting, closed to the press, will also be attended by the other foreign affairs chiefs of the Group of Seven major democratic economies and key partners, the State Department said Monday.

Hayashi visited Washington in mid-January and confirmed with Blinken that their countries will give unwavering support to Ukraine.

During their meeting, they discussed the next steps for extending assistance to Ukraine's energy sector.

Japan, which now holds the rotating chair of the G-7, plans to make support for Ukraine against Russia's aggression a major agenda item when it hosts the group's summit in May in Hiroshima.

When the G-7 foreign ministers held a virtual meeting in late December, they denounced Russia for attacking Ukraine's energy and infrastructure facilities, and agreed to step up help for its people struggling to endure the harsh winter.

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