Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to address the U.S. Congress if he accepts President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, a senior Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, calling that a privilege reserved for allies.

The comments by House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan reflect the continuing unease among U.S. lawmakers even within Mr. Trump’s own party about his outreach to Mr. Putin in the wake of the July 16 summit between the two leaders in Helsinki.

“We would certainly not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session,” he said.

Separately, Mr. Trump on Tuesday said on Twitter that he believed Russia intends to sway the November U.S. congressional elections in favour of Democrats. “I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!” he wrote on Twitter. U.S. intelligence officials have said Russia’s efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the congressional races.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said that the Kremlin has received a U.S. proposal to organise a new summit in Washington “at the end of the year”. “During their meeting in Helsinki, the Presidents reached an understanding that these useful contacts should be continued,” he said.

The two could meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November-early December, or at another international event, he added.

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