In August 2018, Hersh said “the story of novichok poisoning has not held up very well. He [Skripal] was most likely talking to British intelligence services about Russian organised crime”. He said the contamination of other victims was “suggestive ... of organised crime elements rather than state-sponsored actions – though this files (sic) in the face of the UK government's position.”
Can you help me with understanding the passage in bold of the above text? Does it mean that this (the opinion that the death of Skripal was not a political murder) contradicts the position that holds the UK government?