G7 leaders confirmed their intention to stick to anti-Russian sanctions imposed in connection to Crimea.
Leaders of G7 club of industrialized countries - Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Japan and the United States - came together on Thursday for a two-day summit in Japan's Ise Shima. The meeting traditionally deals with global economic issues.
Last week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt that she expected that European sanctions against Russia would be extended after July.
Earlier, President of the European Council Donald Tusk stated that EU economic sanctions against Russia will remain in place until the Minsk agreement on Ukraine is implemented in full.
Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia has imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.