Erdogan tells Zelenskiy ability of Ukraine, Russia to sell grain critical

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party in Ankara

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy by phone on Wednesday the ability of Ukraine and Russia to sell grain was of critical importance for the whole world, Erdogan's office said.

Speaking after Russia said it would resume its participation in a deal freeing up grain exports from war-torn Ukraine, Erdogan said diplomatic efforts should be increased to end the war with a just solution, his communications directorate said.

(Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)