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The US' reckless maximum pressure campaign against Tehran and nations dealing with it is deeply provocative and hurts international relations, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said, warning against a major "crisis." Speaking at a joint press conference with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, Van der Bellen slammed the US sanctions against Iran by saying that such policies "do not help international relations" and only erode the system of global treaties. "The fact that the US withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal undermines trust in this agreement in general," he told journalists. It is particularly provocative that the US reimposed its sanctions against Iran after pulling out of the deal and threatened the companies, which continued to work with Tehran, with punishment. The Austrian leader also admitted that Europe has so far failed to "come up with a mechanism that would help companies effectively circumvent" the US restrictions. He also said...