Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has no immediate plans to leave Russia for Latin America, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Rossiya TV television on Thursday.

“He does not have such plans as of yet,” he said.

“Currently, the situation is as such - at the moment he stays in the Russian Federation and as for what will happen next, whether he will want to go to Europe, Snowden will decide himself,” the lawyer who consults the US leaker said.

Kucherena expressed hope that Snowden will be able to keep in touch with his family. “I am finishing paperwork on the invitation to his father. He will come and we will be able to discuss all issues personally,” the lawyer said.

First published in ITAR-TASS.