It sounds as though we'll have to rejig the "bad Russian" narrative. Vlad Putin has directed his war czar (defence minister) to withdraw Russian forces from Syria. According to Putin, their job is done.
“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” Putin said on Monday during a meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Russian forces will remain to man the airbase and naval port already in operation but most combat forces will be withdrawn. What's unsaid is that they can return probably on a day or two notice.