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Colombian, Venezuelan leaders set to meet in bid to overcome month-long border crisis

  • Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, left center, walks with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, upon their arrival to the government palace, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela are traveling to Ecuador on Monday in a bid to overcome a monthlong border crisis that has paralyzed trade and movement along the frontier. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)

    Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, left center, walks with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, upon their arrival to the government palace, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela are traveling to Ecuador on Monday in a bid to overcome a monthlong border crisis that has paralyzed trade and movement along the frontier. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez waves from a government palace balcony, accompanied by Ecuador's Rafael Correa, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela are traveling to Ecuador on Monday in a bid to overcome a monthlong border crisis that has paralyzed trade and movement along the frontier. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)

    Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez waves from a government palace balcony, accompanied by Ecuador's Rafael Correa, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela are traveling to Ecuador on Monday in a bid to overcome a monthlong border crisis that has paralyzed trade and movement along the frontier. (AP Photo/Patricio Realpe)  (The Associated Press)

  • The presidents of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, left, Uruguay Tabare Vazquez, second left, Ecuador Rafael Correa, second right, and Colombia Juan Manuel Santos shake hands at the end the meeting in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela met in Ecuador's capital to talk about month long fight over Venezuela's anti-smuggling crackdown that has left the border between the two countries closed and resulted in the deportation of some 1,500 Colombians. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    The presidents of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, left, Uruguay Tabare Vazquez, second left, Ecuador Rafael Correa, second right, and Colombia Juan Manuel Santos shake hands at the end the meeting in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. The presidents of Colombia and Venezuela met in Ecuador's capital to talk about month long fight over Venezuela's anti-smuggling crackdown that has left the border between the two countries closed and resulted in the deportation of some 1,500 Colombians. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)  (The Associated Press)

The leaders of Colombia and Venezuela are traveling to Ecuador on Monday in a bid to overcome a monthlong border crisis that has paralyzed trade and movement along the frontier.

President Juan Manuel Santos says he has low expectations for a breakthrough after Venezuela deported more than 1,500 Colombians and closed all land crossings between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro said on the eve of the talks that he plans to purchase 12 new Russian fighter jets.

Maduro blames gangs from Colombia for smuggling that he says have led to widespread shortages. Santos has countered that the shortages are a byproduct of failed socialist policies and has sought to rally international opinion against Venezuela for violating the rights of Colombian deportees.