Russian oil flows to the Czech Republic through the Druzhba pipeline resumed after more than a week on Friday evening, Czech pipeline operator MERO said.

Iran PressEurope: Supplies via the Druzhba pipeline had been suspended to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia since Aug. 4 because Western sanctions prevented paying transit fees to Ukrainian transit company Ukrtransnafta, Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said.

A European bank has agreed to process the payment for the transit of Russian oil through Ukraine, removing the cause of the stoppage.

"Supplies of Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline on the Czech territory resumed at 8 p.m. today," MERO said in a statement.

Czech refiner Unipetrol, a unit of Poland's PKN Orlen (PKN.WA), confirmed its refineries again started receiving oil through Druzhba and added the week-long outage had not affected its operations.