What is the plan/policy for what happens on the International space station if the US and Russia happen to go to war for some reason?

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What is the plan/policy for what happens on the International space station if the US and Russia happen to go to war for some reason?

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They won’t. There’s a thing called Mutually Assured Destruction. Both countries have plenty of nuclear weapons.

I think there is official policy for this leftover from Skylab or Mir or whatever. Basically they remain officialy non combatants and isolate as much as possible until whichever side doesnt own the station can be returned from orbit

ISS is quite literally above politics on the ground. The whole crew understands this. Also the agreements that make ISS possible are such that every party, the governments, involved is tied to it in a way that they will not really get out of it nor do they have interests in it.

Also USA and Russia are major part of it, but they are only two of 15 participating in it.

The astronauts on the ISS are civilians. None of them are combatants. The worst that will happen might be a political discussion between some scientists in space. If the war between USA and Russia comes to a point where they attack eachother’s civilians, the ISS might be evacuated by another, neutral space agency like ESA or JAXA, safely ferrying the astronauts home.