3. Where a person has been apprehended in the border region of the requesting state after illegally crossing the border directly from the required state territory, the requesting state may apply for readmission within two working days from that date (accelerated procedure). The opening of the debate on a long-term goal of the ultimate visa exemption between Russia and the EU. However, to achieve this goal, the European Commission stresses the need to discuss the measures taken by Russia to strengthen the rule of law, strengthen the fight against organised crime, ensure border security and ensure the security and accuracy of travel documents. The European Commission also insists that the readmission agreement be concluded quickly and that cooperation on border management be strengthened to combat cross-border crime and illegal immigration and to prevent the free movement of criminals and terrorist elements. 10The Russian responded to the EU`s common strategy with a “medium-term strategy for the development of relations between the Russian Federation and the EU (2000-2010)” presented at the EU-Russia summit in October 1999. At another level, the TACIS11 programme has also been implemented for Russia since 1991112. In addition, there are different sectoral agreements that should be considered13. In view of the joint declaration adopted at the St.
Petersburg Summit of 31 May 2003, which states that the European Union and the Russian Federation agree to conclude negotiations on a readmission agreement in due course, 45San russia recognises the supply problems in Kaliningrad that will arise after enlargement. It acknowledges that key problems will arise, such as the free movement of goods and people between the enclave and mainland Russia, energy supply and fishing. The official position stresses that many of these issues have existed for a long time and states that an agreement must be reached before enlargement.34 He also insists that Poland and Lithuania be involved in the negotiations. Bilateral negotiations are indeed a framework that, from Moscow`s point of view, will lead to more favourable agreements. 3. Appendix 1 of this agreement is accompanied by a common form to use for readmission applications. “The contracting parties take note of the fact that this agreement does not apply to the territory or to the nationals of the Kingdom of Denmark. In these circumstances, the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Denmark should conclude a readmission agreement under the same conditions as this agreement. 2. After the Russian Federation has given a positive response to the request for readmission, the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Russian Federation, regardless of the person`s willingness to return, issues, if necessary and without delay, a travel document necessary for the returnee, with a validity period of 30 calendar days. If, for any reason, the person concerned cannot be transferred during the validity period of this travel document, the diplomatic mission or consulate of the Russian Federation issues without delay a new travel document valid for the same period of validity.