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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will take action in the U.N. Security Council on Friday to hold Russia accountable for holding what he called "sham" referendums in parts of Ukraine and declaring them Russian territory, Reuters reported.

Blinken told a news conference that Washington will take action to hold Russia accountable on Friday, when the Security Council is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (1900 GMT).

Washington has signaled that if the resolution fails, it will turn to the U.N. General Assembly, a majority of whose members voted to condemn Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

"If Russia blocks the Security Council from carrying out its responsibilities, we'll ask the U.N. General Assembly, where every country has a vote, to make clear that it's unacceptable to redraw borders by force," Blinken said on Friday, speaking alongside Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly. "Every country has a stake in condemning these steps."

Earlier in the St. George's Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, a ceremony was held to sign treaties on the incorporation of four new territories into the Russian Federation.

The EU and the US said that they would not recognize the results of the referendums, and the US and the UK had already extended sanctions against Russia in connection with this.

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