BRUSSELS (AP) - Russia's state gas company Gazprom says it is giving Ukraine another week before it starts demanding prepayment for gas, without which it could cut off supplies.

BRUSSELS (AP) Russia's state gas company Gazprom says it is giving Ukraine another week before it starts demanding prepayment for gas, without which it could cut off supplies.

The decision to push forward the date from Tuesday to next Monday gives Russia and Ukraine time to resolve a dispute that could cause disruptions of gas supplies onwards to Europe.

Gazprom's Chief Executive Alexei Miller on Monday acknowledged the payment of $786 million from Ukraine for the February and March supplies. He said a decision on whether to charge Ukraine for gas in advance will depend whether Kiev pays its dues for April and May supplies.

Gazprom has signaled that if Kiev continues to delay the payments, it will have to switch to prepayment, triggering a potential halt in supply to Ukraine.