- main ally/partner for China 's OBOR
-Russia's most important ally ( together with Syria) in the ME
-Iran is part of the resistance axis, incidentally having huuuuge oil/gas reserves
-has a young population, intelligent, educated and patriotic ( 80 million )
-has developed own missile system
-is a big country, mostly mountainous, impossible for troops to occupy it
-can and will close down Hormuz Strait and US/global economy collapses
-logistics are more difficult for Russia here
-but Venezuela has an upgraded ( by Russia) air defense
Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Putin are going to wipe the floor, in a diplomatic way, with Pompeo.
He might not even realize it, he is that obtuse.
They might serve him traditional Russian pancakes+call it quits