(1). Check world bank numbers on Eastern European country real per capita GDP for yourself.
I did. They're all low on the list.
"(2). What German-Russian project was US objecting to even before the war..."
But when Putin was letting the world know of his plans to bomb childrens' hospitals, right? That would be Nordstream. What's your point? That Germany shouldn't be dissuaded from doing business with child murderers?