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Putin Increases His Influence in Central Asia: He Builds a Nuclear Plant in Uzbekistan

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Russia and Uzbekistan have signed a bilateral agreement under which Moscow will build a small nuclear power plant in the Central Asian country.

The agreement was signed during the Russian President's official visit to Tashkent, where he met with the country's leader, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The President of Uzbekistan called the project “vital”, noting that his country has large reserves of uranium. For his part, the Russian President assured his counterpart that “he will do everything to make the plant work effectively in the nuclear energy market of Uzbekistan.” It also stated that it intends to increase the flow of natural gas to the Central Asian country, following its own request.


Increasing influence with energy diplomacy

According to the Associated Press, if this agreement is implemented, this plant will become the first in Central Asia, which will further increase Russia's influence in the region. At the same time, Uzbekistan will be able to manufacture high-tech products, at a time when sanctions against Russia are intensifying.

At the same time, as the state news agency RIA Novosti points out, citing the energy company Rosatom, the plant planned to be built will have six reactors, with a total capacity of 330 megawatts.

However, the two countries have previously been in talks to build a much larger unit, with a capacity of 2.4 gigawatts. So far, it has not been known why this solution did not proceed.

source: in.gr

Source: 24h.com.cy

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