TOKYO, May 9 (TASS) - Japan sides with other members of the Group of Seven (G7) in the decision to abandon imports of Russian oil, even despite the difficulty of such decision for Tokyo, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on the air with the NHK TV Channel.

"This is a tough call for Japan relying on imports of the greater portion of energy resources. However, the unity of G7 is important now as never before," Kishida said.

G7 member-states vowed in their joint statement to gradually put an end to the dependence on import of energy resources from Russia.