A site has been chosen for the construction of Uzbekistan’s first nuclear power plant, Russia’s Foreign Minister said on May 2 during a visit to the Central Asian nation. The plant may become the first of its kind in Central Asia.

“[Uzbek President Shavkat] Mirziyoyev today expressed satisfaction with how this project was coming along and said that we have managed to come to an agreement about a site. This was an important stage in this operation,” Sergei Lavrov was reportedas saying by Sputnik news website.

The choice of site appears to have considerably sped up the original schedule, which had envisioned a definitive decision being made on the location only by 2020.

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