Ankara has tried to cement its military role and occupation of northern Cyprus by calling itself a “guarantor” of the area.
Ersin Tatar is seen as closely aligned to the Turkish president amid conflicts over gas rights
Tatar is a supporter of separate administrations on the Mediterranean island which split after a 1974 Turkish invasion in response to a brief Greek-inspired coup.
While the passenger plane was never put in serious danger, it was not an isolated incident, with multiple civilian flights in the area having been interrupted by Russian fighters that day
For the first time, the US appears to be confronting Turkey over its fueling of conflict all over the Middle East.
The warning came as EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock early on Friday and assured bloc member Cyprus it would punish Turkey if it continued operations in disputed waters.
EU diplomats say a solution could involve a promise to Cyprus of tough sanctions on Turkey in the future.
Turkey said it expects the EU to take concrete steps at its Oct. 1-2 meeting to update a 2016 migrant deal and a customs union.
The forum includes Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Italy.
NATO members Turkey and Greece bitterly disagree over maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.