The Group of Seven countries are considering banning almost all exports to Russia, in an extension of the sanctions regime against Moscow for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a Japanese government source said Friday.
Japan is set to host the G-7 summit in May in Hiroshima, western Japan, where discussions will take place on measures to expand support to Ukraine and strengthen sanctions on Russia among other key topics.
The G-7 countries have already stopped exporting a wide range of items to Russia, including products that can be used for military purposes and luxury goods. But the latest plan could expand the trade embargo to used cars, tires, cosmetic items and clothing, the source said.
The May 19-21 summit brings together leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the European Union.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to join the gathering online.