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Wednesday’s front pages report on the Nato summit in Washington and England’s upcoming Euros match against the Netherlands – the winner will face Spain in the finals. 

Most papers lead on UK politics. Sir Keir Starmer is heading to Washington to join the Nato summit where he’ll urge other European countries to up their defence spending. For many of the right-learning conservative newspapers, there are concerns Starmer is acting quickly enough and anger over Labour’s decision to rip up the Rwanda plan. 

Many of the tabloids lead on the upcoming Euros match.

The secretary-general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has said the US and Europe need each other during a ceremony commemorating NATO’s 75th anniversary. Stoltenberg said that while the US provides security for Europe, it also relies on the military capabilities, intelligence, and diplomatic influence of its European allies.

The chief of NATO has criticised Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US wouldn’t protect NATO allies who don’t spend enough on defence, stating it undermines security and puts troops at risk.

Jens Stoltenberg emphasised that such remarks could endanger US and European troops.

Trump indicated he would “encourage” Russia to attack any NATO member not meeting the alliance’s 2% GDP defence spending target.

The war in Ukraine has forced a major rethink in European security, with both Sweden and Finland abandoning their long-standing policy of non-alignment and applying for NATO membership last year. But while Finland was admitted into NATO this April, delays have persisted on Sweden’s entry, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan linking a serious of unrelated issues to Ankara’s ratification of Sweden’s accession – the latest of which is a potential sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. We discuss what Sweden’s entry to NATO would actually mean with Sweden’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström.

Zelensky’s fight for NATO membership comes as Ukraine says it shot down eleven Russian drones overnight, a second night in a row of attacks on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. FRANCE 24’s correspondent Emmanuelle Chaze gave us more on reaction from there.