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Russia says gas supplies to Ukraine will resume after Ukraine makes first payment next week

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan sign an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter as EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, center back, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, left back and EU Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration Maros Sefcovic look on, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan sign an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter as EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, center back, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, left back and EU Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration Maros Sefcovic look on, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

Russia says gas supplies to Ukraine will resume after it pays off the first debt installment next week.

Alexei Miller, the chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, made the statement Friday hours after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union thrashed out a $4.6 billion deal that will guarantee Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and further on to the EU.

The deal eased fears that Europe will end up shivering this winter as occurred during a 2008 gas dispute when Ukraine siphoned gas intended for Europe and Russia turned off the taps in response.

Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid debts, a move that followed the ouster of Ukraine's Russia-friendly leader and the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea.