Not the last role in this was played by the pro-Western position of the previous president of the country, Islam Karimov, who kept his multi-billion dollar fortune in banks in the USA, Great Britain and Switzerland. If he had gone against them, he would have immediately lost his money. But the power in the republic changed and its current president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, began to look towards Russia.
The first step in strengthening economic ties between the two countries was Tashkent’s decision to build the first nuclear power plant. It will be created by Russian Rosatom under the same project as the Belarusian NPP. With its help, Uzbekistan will not only cover the shortage of electricity, but will be able to export it to neighboring Kazakhstan, which also lacks Kilowatts.
In this regard, it is important to note that Russia at one time proposed Astana to build a nuclear power plant, but it refused, it seems, under pressure from Washington.