WASHINGTON, 27 JUNE: The USA and Russia continued to hold discussions on the deportation of Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor wanted in the USA on espionage charges who is stranded in the transit area of the Moscow airport. “We are, indeed, continuing to be in contact with the Russians. We believe that there’s a basis for law enforcement cooperation to expel him, to return him to the USA, and we’re continuing to make that point to Russian authorities,” said state department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell. “The Obama administration is asking Russia to deport him immediately. The discussions are being held through diplomatic and law enforcement channels,” Mr Ventrell said. He added that in recent months, the USA has deported to Russia several people after requests in this regard were made by Moscow. As such he hoped that Russia would co-operate with the USA on this issue. pti