Mr Erdogan has been sparring with US President Donald Trump over the issue of S-400 missiles for a number of months. The White House’s threats have been swiftly dismissed by the Turkish President and to add insult to injury, Mr Erdogan publicly praised the Russian-made missiles, saying they were worth three times as much as a US-made Patriot missile. Following a tense meeting between the two at the G20 summit in Osaka, Mr Erdogan, in typical fashion, refused to mince his words.
The Turkish leader said: “One S-400 is worth three Patriots.
“If the conditions are even equal to the S-400 (deal), we would buy Patriots, but if they are not, then we have to think of our interests.”
The US attempted to sway Turkey by offering it Patriot missiles in place of the S-400 purchase, which Turkey agreed last year.
However, according to data compiled from the manufacturers, the S-400 appears to be far superior.
Has Erdogan outfoxed Trump? (Image: GETTY)
The pair met privately at the G20 summit (Image: GETTY)
It can shoot targets travelling at twice the speed that the US-made missile can, as well being able to engage with double the targets.
Patriot missiles were also used to limited effect in the 1991 Gulf War, creating doubts over their practical use.
This will come as a huge victory for Erdogan, who, not long ago, came under immense US pressure to cancel the S-400 missile purchase.