‘Only in exceptional cases’: No illuminated European landmarks for St. Petersburg victims
That fact was not lost on the curious few who took to Twitter to question if Paris, Berlin, London or other Western capitals would be granting the victims of Russia the same acknowledgement given to so many in the wake of several terrorist attacks.
Curious to see if EiffelTower, Brandenburg Gate will bear the Russian flag tonight in solidarity after terror attackhttps://t.co/gzfHfRulRp— Bojan Pancevski (@bopanc) April 3, 2017
Many world leaders expressed their condolences with those impacted by the attack, including the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo.
However, no landmark was decorated with Russia’s national colours Monday evening, although some creative types did try their best to rectify the snub.
So, let's see whether they light up the Eiffel Tower in the Russian national colours for the terrorist attack in #SaintPetersburg...— Chris Westinghouse (@DocProdigi) April 3, 2017
Germany’s Brandenburg Gate has a history of showing solidarity with nations after similar attacks in Paris, Brussels, London, Orlando, Istanbul, Nice and Jerusalem, according to Berliner-Zeitung, but a senate speaker from the German press agency said the landmark would not radiate the Russian national colours because St. Petersburg is not a partner city of Berlin, and “exceptions should only be made in exceptional cases.”
It's puzzling, and not smart, that the Brandenburg Gate wasn't lit up in the colors of the Russian flag tonight.— Leonid Bershidsky (@Bershidsky) April 3, 2017
Israel, however, did express its condolences and solidarity with the victims of the attack by lighting up city hall in Tel Aviv with the colours of the Russian flag.