PRAGUE: Czech oil transit company Mero said Friday Russian oil supplies via the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline were back to normal after an eight-day suspension due to sanctions.
Russian oil pipeline operator Transneft said on Tuesday that deliveries to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia through Ukraine had been halted on August 4.
Slovak refinery Slovnaft and its Hungarian owner MOL volunteered to pay the transit fees earlier this week, a move approved by both Ukraine and Russia.
Oil supplies to the two countries resumed on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Sikela tweeted on Friday that the Czech Republic -- negotiating on its own -- had "found a way to unblock the payment for transit fees for the oil supplies".
"Supplies resumed at 20:00 (1800 GMT)," Mero spokeswoman Barbora Putzova told AFP.
Since Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, the EU and the United States have pummelled Moscow with unprecedented sanctions, cutting Russia off from international financial institutions.
Oil deliveries to Poland and Germany via Belarus through the northern Druzhba branch were not disrupted.