"This is the first time such information is announced which is why the news was so interesting to the public. Other people have also received such a ban over the years, but everything was done quietly. Announcing it in public is now part of the penalty”, said Elena Poptodorova, former Bulgarian Ambassador in the USA and current Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association.
"Cooperation in the fields of rule of law and fight against corruption is an important part of the relations between Bulgaria and the USA. The control is an important part of those relations so sooner or later justice triumphs over everything else. This is how the USA act: if you want to reach the author of a crime, you need to pass through the system and the mechanism that let him commit it. This first penalty isn’t an act towards politics or business – it is directed towards the judiciary. What the US want to tell us by that is that “a process has started” exactly from the judicial system”, continued Poptodorova.
"It is necessary that more actions of the same kind are following. Ambassador Hero Mustafa also stated that this is only the beginning. Making the rule of law a principle in any state is a hard task. And all that happened to Andon Mitalov was a test for the Bulgarian services. Bulgaria and the USA have identical interests. But now it all comes to our services because a real reform in the judiciary means ending relationships”, added the former ambassador.
“We should pass this test. It all started when Borissov visited the White house. This is all about geopolitics and how emancipated from Russia our country has become”, said Poptodorova.