Brandenburg Gate will not be lighted up with the colors of Russia’s flag because cities ‘no partners’

Berlin authorities did not plan on lighting up the Brandenburg Gate with the colors of Russia’s flag, in line with other recent international terrorist attacks, “Berliner Morgenpost” reported on Monday evening.

Deutsche Welle reported a Senate spokesperson said St. Petersburg was not a partner city of Berlin, and that exceptions were only made in exceptional cases, but the decision drew criticism on social media.

After attacks in the sister cities of Paris, Brussels, London, Istanbul as well as Nice and Jerusalem, the Brandenburg Gate was lit up in the respective national colors in solidarity, the paper reported. And after a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida last summer, the gate was lit up with the rainbows colors of the LGTB movement.