A number of countries prefer suffering losses due to the coronavirus outbreak to accepting humanitarian aid from adversary countries. Therefore, they observe strict hierarchy under the US’s hegemony. For instance, it is unthinkable for the US to receive assistance from Cuba, although the latter’s health care and emergency systems are much better.
In the still existing but already crumbling world order, aid provided by a small state is considered to be the weakness and humiliation of the great power. It explains the mockery about Uzbekistan’s humanitarian assistance to Russia. But Russia and China do not buy this logic. On the contrary, they aim at a collective fight against COVID-19, based on respect to partners and equal rules, without absurd hierarchical games.